Jury Memorial pool originally opened in the summer of 1969 and soon became the crown jewel of the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department. The amenities that drew visitors from all over Northeastern Indiana to Jury pool included a 7000 sq. ft. competition pool with two, 1 meter diving boards and a 3 meter diving board. In 1986 a 98’ water slide was added to the pool. Attendance had reached it pinnacle of 41,244 patrons in 1999. However, by 2005 the pool began to show its age. The Park Board carefully weighed options and solicited public input over a two year period before a plan was implemented to replace Jury Pool and recommended a $5.4 million aquatic center. This plan was rejected by the New Haven City Council in 2007 as being too expensive. By this time, the number of patrons at Jury Pool had declined to 21,492 in 2008 and the old Jury Pool was closed permanently. The Park and Recreation Department revisited the design and came up with a $4 million plan that was approved by City Council in January 2009. However, the DLGF Commissioner denied the plan in July 2009. The Parks and Recreation Department maintained a “never give up” attitude and found themselves starting the bond process over in addition to fighting a petition/remonstrance battle.
Through determination and perseverance, the Park and Recreation Department was able to see the dream of a new Jury Pool become a reality. Bids were awarded in March 2010 and construction began in June 2010, with completion a year later. The new Jury Pool was an instant success. The facility was only open 51 days this year and saw 34,555 visitors. Jury Pool includes a new 3431 sq. ft. 6 lane 25yd competition pool with a 1 meter diving board, a 5336 sq. ft. leisure pool with a zero entry, integrated play structure and 1034 sq. ft. splash pad with tipping bucket and various sprays. The facility also boasts a 15’ tall water slide platform with two slides, current channel and Vortex, a new bathhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms, and two family changing rooms. A second building holds an admissions office, guard room, first aid room, concession stand, storage and rest rooms for the park.
Jury Pool again is a FUN destination for the area and an important part of the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department. It also represents the “never give up” attitude of the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as, the Park Board. We knew this project was important to our community and crossed hurdle after hurdle until it was finished.
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