Lake Lanier Islands has forged ahead on a lot of resort improvements, such as accommodations and roadwork, but is “behind the times” in one key area: the state of its hotel swimming pool.
The South Hall tourist attraction will spend about $1.2 million this year rebuilding and enclosing the amenity, housed behind Legacy Lodge & Conference Center.
The pool has been there since the start of the hotel, which was formerly known as Emerald Pointe, and was geared for avid swimmers who wanted to get in a few laps in the water.
“We’re changing it to be a social pool, with seating all the way around it,” said Bradley Anderholm, chief operating officer at the resort.
Some 150 to 200 guests will be able to enjoy the pool, including being “able to have a drink or actually eat on the side of it,” he said.
All the pool equipment will be new, plus it will be filled with salt water instead of chlorine-treated water.
Salt-water pools use salt and a smaller amount of chlorine than traditionally found at motel and hotel pools.
“It’s the new thing that public pools are going to, getting away from the chlorine,” Anderholm said.
Work began in November on the new pool, with crews draining it of water, moving lights and plumbing, and generally closing the area to the public.
The pool, including decking and chairs, will reopen March 28, but the project won’t be completely finished.
It is scheduled to close again Nov. 1 when workers begin the final task of enclosing the pool in glass and timber. Oregon timber was used in the hotel’s reconstruction when it converted to Legacy Lodge in 2008.
The final structure is set to reopen Dec. 15, “in time for the holiday season,” Anderholm said.
Workers have been busy this week installing pavers around the pool, which has views of Lake Lanier and also overlooks the resort’s wedding venue. The pool area also will feature a fireplace, with seating.
“We can do a party out here of about 500 (people),” Anderholm said.
Walking through construction and looking out to the lake beyond, he said he is looking forward to the project’s completion.
An indoor pool “is an expectation nowadays for hotels,” he said.