Magazine article Parks & Recreation

St. Paul Pool Turning Green

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

St. Paul Pool Turning Green

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A Pool Replacement Project Brings Environmental Upgrades

TWO YEARS AGO, the pool at Como Park in St. Paul, Minnesota, had to be demolished. Extensive structural, mechanical, and electrical issues plagued the aging pool, which also lacked ADA compliance. "It was basically duct-taped together ?? keep operational," BradMeyer of St. Paul Parks and Recreation says, "We had to start fresh."

Starting over provided an opportunity to work with community members to design a pool complex that would meet the area's needs, fit naturally into the park landscape and neighborhood, and be more energy efficient Some of the ideas proposed, such as a solar Seating system for the pool, were going to be a reach for the park agency. That's when the state's Legacy Fund stepped in with a $150,000 grant that helped make their vision a reality. Funded through a sales tax Minnesota voters approved in 2008, Legacy Fund grants include Energy Legacy Grants for solar power projects. Meyer says that without the grant, the solar system may not have been financially possible.

The solar heating technology being utilized at the new Como Regional Park Pool wul provide hot water for the bathrooms, showers, and concessions, along with providing heat for the year-round administrative portion of the bathhouse, The solar panels being proposed are a vacuum tube system that consists of a thin copper tube with a heating baffle. The copper tube is filled with 1 . S ounces of water . and is sealed within the vacuum tube. …

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