Reynolda Pool, "Green" since 2008

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Reynolda Pool, "Green" since 2008

By Trish Oxford, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications | @TrishatReynolda


Since its completion in 1937, the Reynolda indoor pool has been the site for recreation, exercise, and relaxation. From the Babcock family (1934-1967) to Summer Adventures campers at the Museum, hundreds of people of all ages have enjoyed the indoor pool at Reynolda.


As any pool owner can attest, with the joy of pool ownership comes the work of pool maintenance. To keep a pool free of bacteria, a pool keeper must monitor free-chlorine levels, administer weekly shock doses, and test the pH daily. The Reynolda pool ran on a chlorine system for seventy years, a method that not only is costly but with today’s knowledge is considered environmentally harmful.


In 2007, Reynolda staff proposed transitioning the pool to a saline cleaning system, a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly pool-maintenance method that uses salt rather than the harsh chemical chlorine. The Museum's Director of Facilities, Sherman Hart, discussed the saline cleaning system with the city’s Department of Health, who advised Reynolda to move toward the salt system because chlorine systems would eventually be obsolete. In 2008, Reynolda House converted the Reynolda pool to a saline cleaning system, making it one of the first in Winston-Salem.


The saline system is quite simple compared to the previous chlorine system. A digital monitor hangs on the wall and displays the salt levels of the pool. When the salt level drops, the monitor prompts the pool keeper to add a specific amount of salt. And, whereas a 50 lb. tub of chlorine cost around $100, a 40 lb. bag of rock salt costs $5!


“I love that salt system. It’s easier to keep up,” shared Sherman Hart, who has been the Director of Facilities at the Museum for 18 years.


As part of the Reynolda Pool Restoration Project, the indoor pool at Reynolda will not only receive a brand new saline cleaning system, but a new heating, filtering, and plumbing system. Hayward Pools in Clemmons, NC is one of the contributors for the pool equipment.

This blog is part of a series that highlights the significance of Reynolda’s indoor pool and tracks the progress of the Reynolda Pool Restoration Project. Follow #ReynoldaPool for updates.

#ReynoldaPool Project Update from Rebecca Eddins, Project Director: As you can see from these photos the new glass has been installed over the last few weeks.  Each panel was replaced one at a time with the curved glass at the lower ledge being the most difficult to put into place.  The crew from Ludy Greenhouse Company did a  great job.  We are happy with the light tinting applied to the new glass; this will help keep the temperature of the pool house cooler during summer months.  The crew will be back closer to the end of the project to do some finishing work on the panels.  


A saline system merely turns the Chloride from the salt which is NaCL into Chlorine.  It's not a chlorine free system at all. 

Is the pool open to the public?

Hi Megan, the pool is open during special educational programming for families this year. We hope you'll join us for our Family Recreation Tour & Swim on September 28:
Aaron Canipe

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