Newly Remodeled Rosemeade Rainforest Projected to Open Early August
The City of Carrollton Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway) is now projected to open Friday, August 2 due to weather-related construction delays and contractor failures.
Frisco-based Gold Medal Pools, the company making the voter-approved improvements to the Rainforest, gave an update to the Carrollton City Council at the Tuesday, July 9 meeting.
Craig Kooda, General Contractor, said he feels meeting the July 26 deadline is “definitely attainable” for the construction team. “We’ve been out there working seven days a week to get this project completed.”
Kooda said the rain earlier in the season, some mistakes made by the crews, and shortages in the construction labor market have all contributed to the delay at Carrollton’s Rosemeade Rainforest.
Mayor Kevin Falconer and the City Council made it clear the company has not fulfilled the contract stipulations. And while the company is paying the $1,500 daily penalty fee for each day the project is delayed past the original agreed upon completion date, that amount is still less than half of what would be a daily revenue for a fully open and functioning Aquatic Complex. Because of this, Council has asked Gold Medal Pools to offer something to compensate Carrollton citizens for having to wait almost all season for the amenity that was originally scheduled to open at the beginning of the regular pool season.
No concrete plans for a Grand Re-Opening event or special access to an exclusive water park location have been made yet.
“It’d be great to give our residents something nice to thank them for their patience,” Falconer said.
Gold Medal Pools’ new completion date of Friday, July 26 would allow for City aquatics staff to come onsite, prepare the facility and the property, and open on Friday, August 2 for the remainder of the season through Labor Day.
Falconer said he is not confident in the company nor the new completion date.
Kooda and the company’s construction lead Daren Altieri both said they understand the City’s frustration with Gold Medal Pools because of the delays and want to help alleviate the strain on relationships between residents and the City as an organization.
“It’s impacted everyone,” Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Frances Cruz said. “This was a big highlight of the Bond program and we don’t have much to show for it yet.”
Each member of Council reiterated their disappointment in the delayed opening and the excuses given by Gold Medal Pools.
“There’s no reference here right now, so finish strong and treat our citizens right,” Councilmember Steve Babick said.
Because of the delayed opening, daily entrance fees once the pool is open will be discounted to $3 per resident and $6 per non-resident on both weekdays and weekends.
The City of Carrollton has partnered with the City of Farmers Branch for Carrollton residents to be able to visit the Farmers Branch Frog Pond Water Park for daily admission at the resident rate of $5 per person. Carrollton residents will also be able to purchase season passes to the Frog Pond Water Park at the resident rate of $50 per person three years and older, $130 per family (up to four members), and $10 per additional family member. Frog Pond season passes will be honored at Rosemeade Rainforest once it is open.
“This delay has also impacted our sister city; we appreciate Farmers Branch being so gracious,” Falconer said.