Mack Pool is a public indoor pool at Ann Arbor Open School at Mack in Ann Arbor. It is operated by the City of Ann Arbor; the Ann Arbor Public Schools also use the pool.
Located at 715 Brooks Street, Mack Indoor Pool offers lap swimming; open swimming and family playtime in the attached tots' pool; American Red Cross swimming lessons; Masters competitive training program; Dawn Ducks early morning swim with aerobics and socializing; synchronized swim team; and private party rentals at competitive rates.
The pool provides handicap access and free parking. Daily admission or seasonal passes are available.
During an economic downturn in 2009, the city considered closing the pool due to budget cuts. At that time, there was about a $100,000 shortfall between what it costs to run the pool each year and the revenues it takes in. A community task force was formed and met several times, ultimately recommending strategies for keeping the pool open.
Mack Pool: Timeline
2015-06-01 Mack Pool appears on the June 1, 2015 agenda of the Ann Arbor City Council in connection with a $183,800 contract with Maniaci/Watt, LLC for interior ceiling and trim painting at the indoor facility. Because the contract requres a mid-year transfer of funds after approval of the fiscal year budget, approval of the contract will, under the City Charter, need an eight-vote majority on the 11-member council. According to the staff memo accompanying the resolution, "the paint on the Mack Indoor Pool ceiling deck and structural joists above the pool is failing. To preserve the life of the structure and numerous mechanical systems operating at the pool facility, the pool ceiling deck and joists will have existing coatings removed and will be re-painted. In addition, painting will be performed on the steel lintels and the roof drain piping will be replaced. The existing coatings have tested positive for lead, so measures will be implemented to ensure the safe removal of the lead based paint." The memo indicates that two bids were received by the City for this project: Classic Painting Company, Inc. $182,712; and
Maniaci/Watt, LLC. $183,800. Staff is recommending award of the contract to Maniaci/Watt, LLC in the amount of $183,800 because the bid by Classic Painting Company, Inc. did not include the required paint materials.
Parking is available off of Brooks Street, which is the first street going north off of Miller Avenue east of Seventh Street.
In the news
Photo gallery: Log rolling at the Mack Indoor Pool – MLive, Jan. 21, 2014
Council OKs Mack Pool Roof Replacement – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, June 4, 2013
Park Commission OKs Fee Increases, Budget – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, April 23, 2010
The proposed budget would keep all of the city’s 157 parks open, but would cut back maintenance – mowing and snow removal – on 17 parks. The budget also proposes keeping open Mack Pool and the Ann Arbor Senior Center, which had previously been slated to close. A handful of supporters for those two groups who attended Tuesday’s meeting applauded when commissioners approved the budget.
Mack Pool and Ann Arbor Senior Center likely to stay open after July – AnnArbor.com, April 1, 2010
Initial Vote Set for Mack Pool, Senior Center – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Jan. 18, 2010
More Options for Ann Arbor’s Mack Pool – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Dec. 14, 2009
Task Force Floats Ways to Save Mack Pool – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Nov. 13, 2009
Future of Ann Arbor's Mack Pool topic of Thursday meeting – AnnArbor.com, November 2009
Ann Arbor swimmers, neighborhood residents, and other members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in evaluating options for keeping the pool open. The task force is working to find sustainable ways to retain the pool as a city-owned fitness resource after the current budget year ends in June 2010.
Mack Pool Could Close Earlier Than Expected – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, April 24, 2009
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