The National Park Service is proposing replacement of the existing swimming pool and renovation of the bathhouse at Camp Misty Mount, located at Catoctin Mountain Park, with one that is slightly larger and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Circulation and chlorination systems will be upgraded while the historic character of the pump house building is preserved.
The existing pool has a major water leak contributing to a loss of 2000 gallons of water per day. The bathhouse rehabilitation will focus on meeting ADA standards, energy efficiencies, and sustainability initiatives. The walkways surrounding the bathhouse will be redesigned to improve accessibility in and around the facility. Fencing currently surrounding the swimming pool will be removed and replaced with one that is more aesthetic in character. These facilities were updated in 1950 and again in 1969 and have exceeded their projected life cycle.
The environmental assessment (EA) evaluates three project alternatives. All alternatives except the no action alternative will include the rehabilitation of the bathhouse and improvements to the walkways and ADA compliance. Alternative A (No Action Alternative) – Under this alternative no changes would be made to the existing facilities. Alternative B – Upgrading the swimming pool to 100 feet by 45 feet (31 meters by 14 meters) in size including a lap lane and an ADA beach entrance. The swimming pool would be heated and the filtration and chlorination system improved within the historic pump house. Alternative C (Preferred Alternative) – Upgrading the swimming pool to 82 feet by 33 feet (25 meters by 10 meters) in size and creating an ADA beach entrance into the pool. The swimming pool would be heated and the filtration and chlorination system would be upgraded at the historic pump house.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Park Service invites public comments regarding this Environmental Assessment. The public will be able to comment on the proposed project beginning December 20, 2010 through January 24, 2011. Written comments will be accepted and should be submitted through the PEPC website.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we will attempt to do so but cannot guarantee that outcome.
Further information about this project is located on the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment
(PEPC) website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cato – PEPC project Replacement of the Swimming Pool and Rehabilitation of the Bathhouse at Camp Misty Mount.