Pool ground breaking on Monday
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Get ready, get set, dive in!
Well, not quite, but Monday at noon, city officials will break out the shovels to break ground on the new aquatic center at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Everyone is invited.
City Council awarded the contract for the pool’s construction to Key Construction of Parker in December. The company’s bid came in at just less than $3.48 million.
The aquatic center includes a building add-on to the Community Center containing a competitive-sized eight-lane lap pool and a leisure pool for play, according to Chuck Musgrave, senior architect for the Community Center’s design firm, Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative of Denver.
City manager Mike Copp said the pool should be completed by November 2004.
Original plans for the Community Center included a competitive-sized swimming pool, but when the main building was constructed, there wasn’t enough money in the budget to include the pool.
A citizen’s group called Let’s All Pledge spearheaded a capital campaign in 2001 to raise money for the pool.
So far, 280 families and 50 businesses have made $1.8 million in pledges, though only 90 of those pledges have actually been collected, amounting to $200,000, according to LAP leader Terri Miller. That money has been deposited into an account for pool construction costs. The remaining $1.6 million has yet to be collected.
LAP is continuing to collect donations throughout the aquatic center’s construction. Donations may be made to Two Rivers Community Fund Inc. and sent to LAP, P.O. Box 1851, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Donors will receive a tax benefit in the year the pledge is paid in full.
Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518
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