Mayor Greenberg: Algonquin Pool Renovations to Begin
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2024) – Today, Mayor Craig Greenberg joined Councilwoman Tammy Hawkins of District 1, Councilman Phillip Baker of District 6 and representatives from Louisville Parks and Recreation to announce that renovations for the Algonquin Park pool are officially underway with an estimated competition date of spring 2025. The mayor also announced free public Wi-Fi is being installed in the park, with five total access points expected to be completed by the end of the week.
“Algonquin Park is essential to our city – especially West Louisville – and we are committed to making sure it has world-class amenities for families to enjoy,” said Mayor Greenberg. “We are working together with urgency to deliver on the promise of a great pool for this park, which had not seen the investments needed since it opened in 1968. Now, it’s going to be one of the best in our city and I can’t wait to see it come to life.”
Once renovations are complete, the pool will feature amenities such as a family slide, a lily pad bridge, a zero-depth entry ramp, a climbing wall and a vortex. Exterior and interior renderings for the pool can be viewed here.
“I have worked tirelessly to advocate for what our community needs and deserves. Today’s announcement brings excitement, but our mission continues,” said Councilwoman Tammy Hawkins. “Individuals and families in West Louisville need affordable year-round options for fitness. That’s why I’m still advocating for a protective enclosure to ensure residents can enjoy swimming all year long. I can’t wait for construction to officially begin on this top-of-the-line facility.”
“For far too long, promises have been made to the Algonquin community. Today, one of those promises is coming true,” said Councilman Phillip Baker. “The Algonquin Pool will be amongst the best pools in the city. The Algonquin community fought hard, and our neighbors deserve this.”
In December 2023, the Louisville Metro Council voted in favor of Mayor Greenberg's recommendation to redirect $20 million in American Rescue Plan funding toward Louisville parks and libraries. Over $9 million of that funding is devoted to the renovations for Algonquin pool and Camp Taylor pool, which the mayor and council members are expected to share an update on in the coming weeks. In total, it is estimated renovations for both pools will come to $11.5 million but that is subject to change as plans are finalized.
“I speak for all Parks and Recreation employees in saying we are beyond excited the Algonquin pool renovation project is finally underway and the mayor has made this project a priority in his administration,” said Jason Canuel, Director of Parks and Recreation. “With the public input we received early in the design process, we believe the renovations, when complete, will transform Algonquin Park into a destination families in the neighborhood and throughout Louisville will enjoy for decades.”
Last summer, Mayor Greenberg joined representatives from the YMCA of Greater Louisville, Kentucky Kingdom and TARC to announce a partnership to provide summer activity passes and memberships to families in West Louisville impacted by the Algonquin pool closure.
Mayor Greenberg also announced that two Wi-fi access points have already been put in place, with a total of five expected to be completed by the end of the week and ready for Louisvillians to connect. This Wi-fi will cover the area of the pool once opened in 2025. This work is part of the Connected Parks Initiative.
For more on Louisville Parks and Recreation, visit bestparksever.com or Louisvilleky.gov.