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Think it’s warm now? Residents may soon be playing tennis in winter

Think of a midwinter day filled with tennis and swimming, followed by an invigorating rock climb. This might sound like a winter getaway to Phoenix or California, but it soon could be possible right here in Glenwood Springs.The indoor rock climbing wall is, of course, already in place at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.But the Glenwood Springs City Council decided Thursday to pursue an indoor swimming pool and approved the purchase of a bubble-type tennis court cover.

City Council approved changes for the general design of a Community Center swimming pool, and encouraged supporters to donate funds for the project.A pool design committee has proposed a plan that includes a competitive swimming area and a leisure component with a play area, a one-meter diving board, a zero-depth entry, fountains and water slides. The consensus of the committee and Denver-based design company Ohlson Lavoie is that the city’s subsidy of pool operational costs could be lowered by having a well-rounded facility that could be used by competitive swimmers and people who just want to cool off and play in the water. “The leisure is where the income is,” Councilman Don Gillespie said. There was some discussion Thursday on whether to shrink the pool proposal down from eight lanes to six, but in the end, council directed the staff to go with eight lanes. “I think it’s a pretty good compromise, all in all,” Councilman Larry Emery said. If the city uses the agreed-upon design, the pool subsidy from the city would be an estimated $80,000 per year. Terri Miller, board member for the Sopris Barracuda swim team and member of Friends of the Community Center, said the Friends have applied for three grants worth $500,000. 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 amount, the Friends have raised about $1.167 million, including $750,000 from the city, $100,000 from Alpine Bank and $317,000 from other area businesses and families. “We’ve got a conceptual design that we can run with,” Councilman Rick Davis said. “So you folks out there who have the ability (to donate money), I think it’s time.”The next pool meeting will be held at the Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. The public is encouraged to attend.

City Council approved the $8,000 purchase of the Snowmass Club’s tennis bubble.Glenwood Springs residents Ron and Kayli Offerle have donated $8,000 toward the purchase of the bubble, but city leaders decided to use city funds to buy the bubble. Then, if the bubble is installed, the city would accept the donation.”I think this is a fantastic idea! I have to say that or I can’t go home tonight,” Councilman Dave Merritt joked. His wife is an avid tennis player.Emery said he has heard input from several people in the Oasis Creek area. Despite the potential of the bubble being within their sight line, Emery said all comments he heard were in support of the bubble. The decision did not seem difficult, partly because the bubble would be fairly easy to resell if it is found to be infeasible. One possible drawback Davis noted is that the bubble could obscure the attractive design of the Community Center. “That troubles me. We paid a lot of money to design the building so it wouldn’t look like a big Quonset hut. … To put a big bubble in front of it, to me, is a sin,” he said. A large group of girls from the Glenwood High School tennis team, all clad in red tennis team sweatshirts, showed up to voice their support for the bubble. “We really need the bubble to get some indoor practice in the winter,” coach Kim Schlagel said. Two seniors on the team explained how nice it would be to have an indoor practice facility during the beginning of the season in February. In other council business:-Council agreed to waive the rental fee for the Community Center, a $1,000 value, for the After Prom Extravaganza, so kids will have a place to go after the senior prom this month. -City Council approved the award of a $862,353 contract to Dow Construction for phase II of a Highway 6 & 24 water line replacement project. -Councilman Rick Davis suggested setting up ward get-togethers at the Community Center so people from each area of town can talk to their councilperson about whatever is on their mind. The meetings could be in addition to, or in lieu of, the annual city picnic. Public input on the idea is welcomed, Davis said.

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