which was closed for renovations this summer and last summer, will not be ready in time for the 2012 swim season, Reston Association officials said.
Larry Butler, Parks and Recreation Director, said several delays in construction means the association now hopes to have the pool open for a short test run in late September.
Construction had originally been set to start in December 2011. It was delayed until May of 2012 as RA and Fairfax County engaged in the permit and review process.
The Dogwood Pool renovation project includes additional parking, a new bath house and 25-meter lap pool, as well as many other improvements. The project contractor is NVblu Inc.
The RA Board authorized the renovations, expected to cost $1.4 million spread out over three years. The renovations were approved by the Design Review Board and the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee in 2010.
Dogwood Pool is located at 2460 Green Range Dr., near the intersection of Glade Drive. The current facility went into service in 1979. It is a small, shallow pool with no modern features and the bath house is not ADA compliant. It is the only pool in short walking distance of a high-density neighborhood.
The Dogwood upgrades are part of RA's long-range pool renovations strategy. The association operates 15 pools in Reston.
Cheryl Beamer, Hunters Woods/Dogwood Director says people in the community tell her that the pool is "sorely missed," but they understand the issues.
"A couple of people did not know why the pool was closed and feared budget constraints had derailed the possibility of renovations," she said. "They were, of course, relieved to learn that their pool was getting much-needed attention and pleased RA had made the commitment to reinvest in their corner of this community."
RA has been providing neighborhood children with transportation to other pools.