Council to immerse itself in details of Community Center pool design
Glenwood Springs city leaders will dive into the design plans and funding needs for the proposed Community Center pool Thursday.Parks and Recreation director Dan Rodgerson will present a proposed design to the Glenwood Springs City Council. The project is sought by Friends of the Community Center.In January, a pool design committee formed and struck a compromise to include a competitive swimming area and a leisure area with a play spot, a one-meter diving board, a sloped entry, fountains and water slides. “I believe that the new design provides for a larger leisure component … while at the same time meeting competitive needs and lowering the subsidy rate,” Rodgerson wrote in a memo to city manager Mike Copp. “The current design is still conceptual and will require some fine-tuning by the design committee.”The pool committee and Community Center architects Ohlson Lavoie of Denver agreed that the city’s subsidy could be lowered by having a well-rounded pool that could be used by competitive swimmers and by people who just want to cool off and play in the water. If the city uses the agreed-upon design, the pool subsidy would be an estimated $80,000 per year. In all, the 11,000-square-foot pool is expected to cost around $3.2 million, with $2.1 million for the building and $1.1 million for the pool. Of that money, Friends of the Community Center, a group raising money for the pool, has raised about $1.167 million, a total that includes $750,000 from the city, $100,000 from Alpine Bank and $317,000 from other area businesses and families. The matter is up for discussion only and no decisions are expected. Also on the City Council agenda:-A conceptual review will be given Thursday to modify a previously approved 14,750-square-foot, three-story building at 7th and Grand.The location presently is occupied by two long-standing businesses, Ski and Sport Swap and Charm School Boutique. Once the current building is torn down, Ski and Sport Swap will go out of business and Charm School Boutique will move to the former location of Threads, at 819 Grand Ave. The applicant for the project, architect Doug Harr, will show council the plans to build a three-story building that will contain two floors of storage and retail uses and the top floor for residential use. -The purchase of a bubble from the Snowmass Club for city tennis courts will be considered. (See related story, page 1.)-Council will consider a request by Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson to use VALE funding to purchase a crime prevention device. -Council will consider raising some law enforcement agency fees on services, animal impoundments and vehicle tows.
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