This photo album documents the neighborhood’s pool renovations conducted in 2011 and 2012.
Shenandoah’s swimming pool was closed for two seasons while the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act changes required by law were understood and assessed.
With enough money in The Association’s operating account to cover the costs to comply with the VGBA law, in 2011 Shenandoah’s pool was renovated. Updates included underground plumbing improvements, patching of numerous leaky cracks and replacement (and painting) of broken coping stones that edge the pool. The pool has two skimmers that catch floating debris before it sinks to the bottom. One of the skimmers was replaced and a new concrete deck was installed around it.
The Association anticipated that opening the pool in 2012 would only require fixing of a few cracks and a coat of paint. Unfortunately that was not the case. It was determined that the pool’s surface could not be painted due to many coats of incompatible material used to paint it. Layers of inferior surface were sand blasted off, exposing the concrete and a Diamond Brite surface was applied. Unlike traditional marble-based pool plaster, Diamond Brite is made with natural quartz, one of nature's hardest and purest minerals. New tile was installed around the edge of pool. Along the south side of the concrete deck, a French drain was installed to improve drainage.
All pool restoration costs were paid from our operating budget, without an assessment to owners.
To this day, the daily maintenance of the pool is handled by volunteer owners and renters. It is typically open from Memorial to Labor Day (or as the weather permits). The pool is private, secure and only accessible to owners and renters per the annually distributed and posted rules.