At a work session Monday, Recreation and Parks director Mike Perry presented a design concept for improvements to the pool, saying it isn’t as efficient as it could be.
“What we’re trying to make sure we’re taking care of are just the normal day, when the kids are coming with their families, the senior aerobics that we do a couple times a week, the swim lessons we do daily, swim teams, the social element of parties almost every weekend,” Perry said of the new design.
Perry also said the new plan, which could cost $3.5 to $4 million, would break the current pool into two separate pools – a swimming component pool and a leisure pool.
The new plan, he said, “gives the opportunity for someone to do a lap swim and not interfere with the kids” on the city’s swim team. City council members OK’d the recreation and parks department to move forward with researching the plan.
Councilman Michael Cross said three different residents, who didn’t know about the work sessions item, asked him over the weekend if the pool could be improved. Cross said the improvement plan addresses everything the families asked about, such as slides and zero entry — entry that gradually slopes from the deck into the water, becoming deeper with each step — but it doesn’t mention a lazy river.
“All three families were commenting that was an amenity they’d seen at other pools that they thought would be cool to have here,” Cross said, asking Perry to look into costs.
The plan presented Monday includes several slides and activities for kids, a larger building with more restrooms and an expanded deck. Perry said when the pool was built in 1987, “they built that pool not knowing what the needs were.”
But now, he said, a new pool design could meet the needs of citizens.
“We know what it needs to be,” said Perry.