DAVIS ISLANDS — Roy Jenkins Pool will look a little different when it reopens in April.
Since construction began in June, Pillar Construction Group has been giving the 93-year-old swimming pool a face-lift. The work includes upgrades that make the city-owned pool more “family-friendly,” said Pillar superintendent Frank Mosher.
The pool, previously separated into three sections, now will be split into two separate pools: a deep pool with swim lanes, and a kiddie pool with splash features. Workers also are constructing an elevator to help guests get up to the new pool deck, installing wheelchair lifts and redesigning the entryway and shade structure, Mosher said.
The Tampa City Council last week approved a $25,000 contract with Cero Design, a Puerto Rico-based company that will design and install a three-panel tile mosaic on the building's new elevator shaft.
The mosaic will celebrate the history of the Davis Islands neighborhood and Roy Jenkins Pool, said Robin Nigh, city art programs manager.
The artists will come to Tampa in December to meet with neighbors and get ideas for the mosaic before beginning their work in February.
“I hope the community loves it,” Nigh said. “I think it's a real good fit and I think it's going to be beautiful.”
Roy Jenkins Pool was closed in 2008, one of four city-owned pools so outdated that officials were forced to shut their doors to the public.
In April, the Tampa City Council approved a $2.25 million contract with Pillar Construction Group to renovate and repair Roy Jenkins Pool after the Davis Islands Civic Association agreed to contribute $500,000 to the effort.