The Queen Anne Pool could reopen by late February, after an effort to overhaul the 41-year-old pool uncovered bigger issues.

Queen Anne Pool coordinator Ann Busch took her water-safety class there in 1978, a year after the facility opened. She started working there in 1983, she said, and then left “for a few decades” before returning as coordinator in 2014. It’s a great pool, Busch said.

“However, like anybody, its age has its aches and pains,” she said.

The pool closed for major reconstruction, which included removing and replacing deck slab. The north foundation was crumbling, and Seattle Parks and Recreation decided to address structural safety concerns.

“We want to make sure anytime you have a support beam that’s crumbling that you take things down to the basics,” Busch said.

The pool was initially planned to reopen on Dec. 28 and was estimated to cost around $175,000.

Not only was the cement crumbling, but an electrical conduit and plumbing line were also found within the beam that had to be relocated, Busch said.

“It’s weathered very well, and this is the first big project they had,” she said of the pool, “and I’m very grateful that it’s gone as well as it has. I think a pool of this age would typically be down 6-9 months.”

One benefit for the pool during this construction period was the addition of a new ADA lift.

Queen Anne Pool staff has been shuffled around other facilities during construction, said Busch, who is currently filling in as senior aquatics coordinator in West Seattle.

“I’m very anxious to go back to Queen Anne Pool as soon as it reopens,” Busch said.

The pool is now expected to open at the end of February or early March at 1920 First Ave. W. A construction meeting on Feb. 4 will provide Busch with a better estimate for reopening.

Independent inspections by Otto Rosenau & Associates have cleared the installation of proprietary anchor adhesive, grout and reinforcing steel beams, according to city documents.

There were 22,000 pool visitors last summer, and the Queen Anne facility offers swim lessons, senior fitness, deep-end and shallow-end fitness programs, Busch said, plus dedicated lap swimmers.

When Lincoln High School in Wallingford opens, the swim team there will use Queen Anne Pool.

The reconstruction project is part of Seattle’s Citywide Pools Project; SPR operates eight indoor pools and two outdoor pools.

The Meadowbrook Pool is slated to close in April for a new HVAC system, and the Southwest Pool in April for ADA improvements. Medgar Evers Pool closed on Jan. 22, also for pool deck slab demolition and replacement. Helene Madison Pool in North Seattle may need to close in May, Busch said, as it is in need of a new roof.

“And we all hold our breath that Evans Pool doesn’t die as it waits for updates itself,” she said.

Constructed in 1955, Evans Pool in Green Lake received some minor repairs in 2017.

At the request of the city council, Busch said, the outdoor Colman Pool in Lincoln Park will open two weeks early, on May 11, as will Pop Mounger in Magnolia. Colman will open as weekends-only at first while Mounger will be open seven days a week during the summer.