Basalt aims to make a splash with renovations to Arbaney Pool
Some expert sources — some as young as 6 years old — are helping shape the first significant renovations to the Basalt municipal pool since it was built in the mid-1990s.
The opinions of 115 kids from Basalt Elementary School and 93 students at Basalt High School were sought on what they would like to see at the Arbaney Swimming Pool.
A zipline was the leading request among the youngest students, along with a hot tub, lazy river floating feature, a waterfall and “more food.”
The older kids’ top preference was a hot tub followed by “more food,” a zipline, warm water and a lazy river feature.
Toni Kronberg, a longtime swimming instructor and tireless advocate for pools throughout the valley, supplied questionnaires for the kids and helped collect their thoughts.
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Adults were also surveyed for their opinions.
The kids might not get everything they want, but their opinions are part of a packet of information the Basalt Town Council will examine tonight when discussing the first major pool renovations since it was built in the mid-1990s. The town hired a consultant, Connect One Design, to create a conceptual plan for the pool. The consulting staff will brief the council on the direction thus far at a council work session at 5 p.m.
“The goal is to obtain feedback from the Council on these ideas and make sure the Council is comfortable with them before the team proceeds further,” said a memo from the town staff to the council.
One of the biggest proposals is replacing the existing kiddie pool with a kids’ pool in the shape of a large robot. It would boast features such as slides for legs, fountains for eyes and a waterside bench for an arm.
Most of the proposed upgrades are functional — improving the locker rooms, adding family rooms, adding shade structures, creating a north entrance and making the energy-intensive facility “greener.”
The upgrades will have to be phased, and the town must figure out how to fund the changes.
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