As many of you are aware, the spa pool at Park Place has been closed for nearly three months. Staff and contractors have been working to diagnose and repair an underground pipe leak. Due to its design, this has been an intricate process that involved specialized contractors with limited availability which has been further hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. All repair options are being explored to ensure fiscal responsibility.

The spa pool was losing considerable amounts of water overnight (2-3 inches) and the auto-fill function was unable to keep up. The amount of water loss and where it was going was very concerning. In order to find the leak, we had to empty and close the spa pool. The piping had to be sealed and pressurized with a special gas to determine if it was the spa return lines or the jet lines.

Our pipe configuration under the concrete deck has many different 90-degree angles which complicated the leak detection process. If the source of the leak were to be in an easily-accessible location, the repair could be made and we could reopen the spa pool in only a few days.  This was not the case in our situation.

After months of unsuccessful attempts, we finally determined the leak is in the jet lines. There are 14 jets in the spa pool. In order to find which specific jet line was leaking, we would have had to shut down the pool and all mechanical equipment overnight for additional pressure testing. Removing all noise would allow the leak to be detected in a very intricate and detailed process. After discovering which jet(s) is leaking, we would need to saw cut into the spa pool, chisel out the concrete around the damaged pipe(s), make the pipe repair(s), and refinish the work area to match the existing aesthetic. A repair would not guarantee that another similar leak would not happen in the future as the spa pool is more than 25 years old. Due to these reasons, we have decided to fully replace the spa pool.

We are actively working with our architects on a new spa pool design that will ensure it fits all of our needs, including ease of maintenance and future repairs. The spa pool will remain closed until construction is complete.

This project is subject to public bidding due to its cost and hope to select a contractor as soon as possible. The lap and activity pools will remain open.

We plan to install a temporary wall around the spa pool to maximize normal operations throughout construction.

For more information please contact Jeffrey S. Janda, CPRE Executive Director, at or 630.483.3162.

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