After more than a month-long delay, Carrollton’s Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex is expected to open on July 20, according to city officials. During Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the council was briefed on the status of the project.
The center is undergoing a renovation project, which was passed as part of a 2018 bond election. The renovations include newly built restrooms, a shaded toddler splash pool, a zero-depth entry activity pool, a 4-foot pool with a seating wall, a diving well makeover and more.
Gold Medal Pools, the company constructing the project, said they are doing everything they can to finish the renovations as quickly as possible.
“We are committed to this project,” said Josh Sandler, Gold Medal Pools president. “It’s the number one focus of our company right now. There’s no lack of manpower and no lack of resources, there’s just a lack of a window to work.”
Sandler said since the project started in September of last year, there have been 94 rain days. He said every time it rains, construction is set back about two to three days.
“We’ve fought hard to work through this weather,” Sandler said.
While the city waits for the completed project, Carrollton has made an agreement with Farmers Branch to allow residents to use the Farmers Branch Water Park while the Rosemeade Rainforest is closed. In addition, residents may take swim lessons at Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD’s Natatorium through June 13 in the afternoon hours.
Scott Whitaker, parks and recreation director, said the delayed opening will affect the city’s revenue. Last year, the aquatics complex brought in about $383,000 from season and daily swim passes. This year, it is projected the city will bring in about $70,000.
The parks department has hired and is training staff including lifeguards and swim instructors in preparation for the reopening.