Woodland Park City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to find the money to pay for a city pool.
A resolution was presented to the council at it’s regular meeting by the Woodland Aquatic Project, an organization made up of citizens, businesses, government officials and charitable groups. WAP has been pushing for a community pool in the Teller County town for years.
On Thursday evening, council voted 7-0 in favor of the resolution which states, “The Council shall carefully scrutinize the 2014 City budget to identify a funding stream from within the General Fund revenues, within current tax rates, fro the purpose of paying for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Aquatic Center.
WAP found new life this summer when Woodland Park officials presented three potential plans for renovating Memorial Park north of downtown. One of those concept plans included a recreation center with a swimming pool.
City council will likely decide on the final plan for that project at its Oct. 17 meeting. City manager David Buttery said Memorial Park renovations will be paid for out of the general fund and from grant money, possibly contributed by Great Outdoors Colorado and the state’s Division of Parks and Wildlife.
Woodland Aquatic Center president Gerry Simon said his organization chose to present Thursday’s resolution to council prior to the city finalizing its plans for Memorial Park in order to solidify Woodland Park’s commitment to establishing a community pool. Simon said that whether an aquatic complex is included in the park’s renovation or not, the town of more than 7,000 people needs a pool.
The resolution approved Thursday says that more than 70 percent of residents who responded to an April 2011 survey rank a pool as “the highest priority recreational amenity” in the Woodland Park area. It also says that WAP has completed a business plan for an aquatic center and that such a facility would help turn around a “disturbing drop in the number of young families in the community.”
More news about the future of a Woodland Park aquatic center will be reported after the Oct. 17 city council meeting.