Tampa's historic Cuscaden pool in need of further repairs

By Katie Jones, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 5:32 PM EDT

The city of Tampa is facing even more pool problems.

  • Drain in Cuscaden pool's deep end began leaking in April
  • Pool had recent $3.2 milllion renovation
  • New repairs estimated at $10,000

Less than a year after a $3.2 million renovation and grand re-opening celebration, the historic Cuscaden Park pool once again sits empty, all due to a leaky drain.

"There are three main drains," said Tampa Mike Chucran, Tampa's Director of Contract Administration. "One of them did fail, caused all the water to leak out of the pool."

The leak began late last month, leaking the pool's water into the ground. Chucran said the drains passed inspection in 2011 and were not part of the recent renovation.

"What we believe is the time that the pool was empty from 2009-16 it was exposed to direct sunlight," said Chucran. "It might not have come up in a visual inspection."

Chucran said the plan is to shape a brand new drain to replace the one that failed, then line the other two with carbon fiber to prevent future leaks.

The repairs are expected to cost $10,000. City Council members stated concern that the job will be rushed, and they’ll be back in the same place next year, paying for more problems.

"We do not want to keep spending good money after bad because we can't fix one single problem and we haven't done enough inspection," Councilman Mike Suarez said at Thursday’s meeting.

The council wants to look back and see if previous project contractors and designers are liable for the leak. In the meantime, Chucran believes the latest fix will be long term.