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Diving in
John Knox Village renovates its pool to become a
destination for socialization and relaxation
Left: Shade sails feature a marine
color theme of blue and white to
complement the expanded aquatic
center.
Inset: To provide ADA access, a chair
lift is located next to the lap pool
while a ramp was added in the new
leisure pool.
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INCE ITS OPENING IN 1958, the
John Knox Village campus in
Pompano Beach, Fla., has grown
to 65 acres with more than 1,000
residents. In 2018, the continuing
care retirement community's
board of directors decided to embark on a master
planning and design visioning program with
EDSA (Fort Lauderdale), a planning, landscape
architecture, and urban design firm, to guide
capital improvements on campus, including expanding
its residential offerings and amenities
to sustain relevance in its marketplace.
Among the priorities identified by residents
was upgrading the 1,000-square-foot pool. At
the time, the pool pavilion featured restrooms
and a small storage space, outdated furniture,
and few shaded areas. Additionally, the size of
the pool made it difficult to get a spot in the
popular water aerobics classes, which were a
main draw to the facility. " The original vision
for the project was to stay within the bounds of
the original fence and slightly enlarge the pool
and pool deck, add shade sails, and create more
resort-like landscaping, " says Mihaela Zaharescu,
vice president at EDSA (Fort Lauderdale,
Fla.), which led the design and planning for
the outdoor facilities, aquatic center, and new
buildings on the project.
Upon further examination of the site, however,
EDSA proposed adding more deck and
seating space and a new lap pool by utilizing
part of an adjacent parking lot and redistributing
the displaced parking spaces along the
perimeter of the new aquatics complex. The expansion
would also include space for new bocce
and pickleball courts and a more accessible
pool pavilion and bar building with restrooms.
Completed in March 2021, the new outdoor
setting includes a 2,700-square-foot leisure
pool for swimming and water aerobics classes,
a 2,300-square-foot lap pool, and a 10-foot-diameter
whirlpool spa. Ancillary buildings for
storage and pool equipment were also added on
the south side of the complex, providing a buffer
between the street and new sports courts. To
complement the new offerings, the project team
also decided to renovate the adjacent Village
Center Auditorium into a restaurant with direct
pool access.
To ensure resident comfort and safety, the
complex's natural stone deck is sealed to prevent
slipping and features lounge chairs, umbrellas,
and seating alcoves. A triangular shade sail system
spans the leisure pool and sports courts to
provide sun protection for residents while they
enjoy outdoor activities. The shades, which can
be removed during hurricane season, span 65
feet and incorporate light fixtures to illuminate
the space in the evening, extending the amount
of time residents can utilize the amenities.
Overall, Zaharescu says the project upgrade
turned a dated amenity space into the heart
of the community. " The synergy between the
pool, restaurant, outdoor bar, and sports courts
creates a gathering place that brings together
residents and families in multigenerational
interactions, " Zaharescu says. " Furthermore,
it's a featured stop the management team uses
in their community tour visits for prospective
residents and has proven to be a major selling
point. " -Anne DiNardo, executive editor
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STONEHARDSCAPES (AERIAL); EDSA (INSET)

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