The Teller County town’s city council opted to hold off on making a decision on a final plan for the park’s facelift after representatives for Land Patterns, Inc. presented a pair of designs at Thursday’s council meeting.
(Click one of these links to view Memorial Parks two final plans)
After councilman Ken Matthews raised questions about the aquatic center, councilwoman Carrol Harvey suggested to that a work session be scheduled so the Parks and Recreation department and council could hash out some questions that arose.
Among concerns was building costs for the aquatic center’s building that would go in the location of the existing senior center. Council members also asked if Plan A, which didn’t include the pool complex, was chosen then could the aquatic center be added later. Ken Matthes and Gary Brovetto also asked about contruction phases.
Eric Smith, who was leading Thursday’s meeting in the absence of Mayor David Turley who was injured in a motorcycle crash, acknowledged that more discussion is needed “to flesh out some of that.”
“We are in budget season,” Smith said. “So I don’t think this is going to drag out for months and months.”
City manager David Buttery said Tuesday that a work session has not yet been scheduled and “coucil is still reviewing the plans.”
The plans that Land Patterns presented differed only in the inclusion of the aquatic center which The Woodland Aquatic Project has been pushing for in the town of about 7,000 people for years.
The plans are the product of several community meetings held by the city and Land Patterns in a effort to make the project “citizen driven.” Both Plan A and Plan B include a deeper, reshaped pond, a memorial plaza extending out into the pond, a water feature and splash pad, relocated basketball court and gazebo and a new band shelter on the southwest end of the pond.
If the council opts for Plan B, which included the aquatic center, the pool complex would be located at the northwest section of the park in a 150- by 200-foot footprint.
Land Patterns said Plan A would cost almost $1.6 million while Plan B would be just over $1.9 million. The difference comes in the excavation cost for the aquatic center.
According to Buttery, the cost of building the aquatic center had not been determined at the time of the meeting. That estimate will come when engineering for the project gets underway.
Buttery said in September that renovations to Memorial Park will be paid for out of the city’s general fund and grant money from groups such as Great Outdoors Colorado and the Division of Parks and Wildlife.
The city council unanimously approved a resolution at the Oct. 3 meeting to find money to pay for a city pool, whether or not it is at the Memorial Park location.
“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,” the resolution says.