Park board requests more information about the Island Park swimming pool
The board considered three options for the pool, including a design similar to the one that exists, and were considering selecting one of the options this month.
However, the park’s board, after hearing from several residents at the meeting and in emails and other discussions, decided they wanted more feedback, especially from neighboring neighborhoods, on what could reach a $ 16 million project.
Park District Executive Director Dave Leker said they could organize a few open houses, a community meeting or meet with groups on the project to possibly get more feedback in the coming months.
Another survey of nearby neighbors is possible to see what individuals would like, in addition to other ideas before the architects begin the final design this year.
The board said it still wants to stick to its schedule for demolition this fall of the 45-year-old swimming pool, which is on its last legs due to maintenance issues, with the construction of the new one. swimming pool from next spring.
However, residents have expressed concerns about what exactly it should have for amenities and how it blends in with the rest of the historic park, established in the late 1800s on former road grounds. iron.
Joe Burgum, who said the pool was only used about 11 weeks a year, told council he would like it to become more of a “four-season” facility, adding that the baths could possibly become more than just a place to change your swimsuit. and possibly a place to rent cross-country skis in winter. He also suggested developing a master plan for the whole park.
Polly Wendelbo, who lives in a nearby neighborhood, said she would also like more talks, perhaps with her Hawthorne neighborhood group. She said some of the seniors don’t use social media tools as often and missed a survey last November that garnered 2,500 responses on what people would like to see in the pool.
She said the park is a place for dog walking, sunbathing, and walking and jogging and would like it to help attract more young families to one of the city’s older neighborhoods.
Park Council Commissioner Dawn Morgan said maybe the pool design could incorporate more green space and make it something more for people of all ages. She suggested an area for people who don’t want to swim, but rather just watch or relax and read a book.
Concerns were raised that last fall’s survey with 2,500 responses was already “a lot of data” on what people want, CFO Broc Lietz told the board.
“How many answers do you want, 5,000 or 10,000?” he says, adding that the other polls he’s taken don’t often get such a high response rate.
This survey found that 66% of respondents favored a lazy river, with 54% dive platform support, 52% lap pool, and 52% slides.
The first option to keep the pool layout as is would involve replacing the pools and public baths at a cost of $ 12.5 million, while the other two options offer more of a water park atmosphere that might attract people from the region.
The second option would add two waterslide features and a zero-entry pool, or walk-in pool, with additional play features at a cost of $ 14.3 million. The third option adds on this lazy river with a tube slide attached for a total cost of $ 15.3 million.
A larger and expanded concession stand with more options and to help fund pool maintenance was also a suggestion in the different options.