We love our City Park Pool!
The City’s Parks & Recreation Department has been working on a Master Plan that will help guide park development and maintenance priorities over the next several years. City Park Pool renovations are currently scheduled for the summer of 2025.
Some of the bigger projects have been pushed to the forefront due to the condition of facilities. One of these projects is the cherished City Park Pool – a pool that has welcomed community members for 73 years!
City Park Pool was designed with the assistance of our very own Ned Ashton in the late 1940s. Throughout the years, it has been a popular spot for people of all ages to enjoy and remains a local landmark to generations of users. Updates to the facility will help it remain a treasured destination for years to come.
What are the plans for the pool?
The schematic for the new City Park Pool is available for public review (see below), but is not a final design. When projects are proposed, conceptual designs are created from input received as a first step in renovations or changes. These designs also include necessary improvements for safe and functional use, as well as compliance with state, federal, and local regulations. Opportunities for public input will continue to take place in the future prior to final plans being approved. For now, plans call for:
- The facility will maintain a similar fence line; no trees are anticipated to be removed
- The pool will provide a mixed use of lap swimming, open swim, and a diving well
- Zero depth entry will provide pool access for patrons of all ages and abilities
- Updates will be made to restrooms and shower areas
- The bathhouse and mechanical areas will be improved to make the facility safer for staff and community members
- Other safety and accessibility improvements including an integrated ramp, zero depth entry area, and stair steps into the water
Why are changes needed?
At 73 years old, the City Park Pool is in need of updates and repairs in order to align with the City's goals of providing an efficient and accessible facility to all members of the community. In recent years, the pool has required various emergency maintenance closures due to leaks or other issues. The issues facing the pool cannot efficiently be addressed with a Band-aid approach and major work is required.
A new pool will reflect the City's accessibility, functionality, energy savings, and water use goals.
How did the City determine these changes?
The Recreation Facilities and Program Master Plan began by engaging all segments of the community through a wide variety of feedback channels: a statistically valid survey, focus groups, a series of pop-up booths at events, and a virtual engagement website. Specific efforts were made to reach non-users and underserved populations. The initial community engagement feedback was then combined with expert analysis from the consulting team at Berry Dunn. A draft vision along with a schematic design for City Park Pool was created. Public input was then sought concerning the initial plan via an open online survey and two public input meetings.
Feedback from the survey and community engagement indicated a public desire for a new pool layout, rather than renovating the existing facility. One requested change not included in the conceptual design is a lazy river, which was left out due to concerns about space and additional staffing needed to operate this type of amenity. Priority was given to an equitable mix of 50 meter lap lanes, family recreational space, and deep water/diving well.
The Parks & Recreation Commission agreed with the direction posed by the initial outreach results.
Next steps require a public input and design process to create final plans for facility renovations. This process is expected to happen in 2024 with pool renovations anticipated to begin in 2025. The 2024 design process will include public design charrettes, surveys, and public meetings.
The concept proposes renovating the pool while maintaining the current “aesthetic”:
- Keeping the shape of the fence line similar so as not to disturb the mature trees surrounding the pool.
- Limiting changes to user capacity as additional parking space is not available in the park.
- Keeping the outside architecture and finishes of the pool house similar, but updating the inside areas.
- Keeping the pool as primarily “flat water” rather than adding multiple slides or other waterpark-type attractions.
- Keeping the diving well and diving boards.
- Providing a mix of 50 meter lap lanes, 25 meter lap lanes and family recreational areas.
- Providing ample deck space, chairs and shade.
Other changes made possible with conceptual design:
- Elimination of one single lift chair for accessible entry into pool. Replaced by integrated ramp along lap lanes, permanent stairs into diving well, shallow and mid-range open swim areas and zero depth entry for recreation area.
- Decrease the amount of water in the pool by 180,000 gallons while not decreasing the number of swimmers in the water at one time.
- Solar Panels on buildings and newer lighting and fixtures to reduce the facility's carbon footprint.
- Creating a facility design that meets a variety of swimming preferences while minimizing the number of lifeguards needed for operations.
The City Council is expected to review the Recreation Facility and Program Master Plan at the October 18, 2022 formal meeting. The Parks & Recreation Commission recommended that the Council move forward with renovating City Park Pool in 2025 with a final design created in the year leading up to the actual construction.