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City diving into indoor pool options
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The possibility of an indoor pool will soon include a visual.

Members of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday night to hire Griggs & Maloney Engineering to produce an architectural rendering and concept floor plans for building an indoor pool, as well as provide a cost estimate.

“We’ve sat down with Ryan Maloney, of Griggs & Maloney, and have talked about some of the things we would like to see in an indoor aquatic facility,” said Parks and Recreation assistant director Justin Scott.

Those discussions, said Maloney, include eight swim lanes that are 25 meters long, a separate therapeutic pool, a diving area with a one-meter board, dressing rooms, bathrooms, wet room, party room, small concessions area, etc. 

Alderman Everett Brock requested the company allow changes based on the cost estimate.

“Let’s say we don’t want a reception or lobby area, are we going to be able to easily pull that out? Maybe we do want it, if the price is low enough. Maybe we decided we don’t want it because the price is too high. One of the problems I had with our bid for the civic center, it doesn’t allow us to pick things or move things around or put them in or take them out.”

Maloney agreed.

“What I’d like to do is come back at your next committee meeting with a conceptual floor plan and see what space we have and what features you like or want to include as we move forward,” he said. “You will have a certain base cost for this project. We will do our best to find that base cost, which would be the eight swim lanes, minimum support services, the space for those swim lanes and therapeutic pool.”

An indoor pool is not included in the renovation and expansion of the civic center. If one is constructed, officials must decide if that building will be attached to the civic center or a standalone structure.

“When you talk about it being a separate structure is that because that’s what you were instructed to do or is that your opinion on that’s the way it should be,” said Alderman Steve Harvey.

Maloney stated, “A little bit of both. Scott (McCord) would like for it to be a standalone. From my prospective, you’ve got to connect the buildings either way whether that’s through awnings to a breezeway. I prefer, I think from a humidity standpoint, that it be a standalone structure. Indoor pools provide a lot of humidity to buildings. The dehumidification system will be part of this structure no matter what. There may be less impact to the civic center if it is standalone.”

Mayor Ben Newman wants to consider all the options.

“We visited several different pools and some of them had it where it’s a continuous campus. You pay an admission fee and then you can go workout, swim at the indoor pool and go sit in the sun at the outdoor pool. It was a one-fee structure. I know there’s different ways to do this. We could connect the indoor and outdoor pools and one fee would get you into both. I have no clue what’s best, but I’m hoping we will consider all those options.”

Because the cost to hire Griggs & Maloney was capped not to exceed $10,000, approval by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is not required.