Woodland Park council votes against adding aquatic center to downtown park

Published: November 26, 2013, 8:06 am, by Matt Steiner

Woodland Park logoThe Woodland Park city council chose a final plan for planned renovations to Memorial Park, but a community pool will not be in the mix.

The council was mulling two plans for upgrades on the park just a block north of downtown. They voted 4-3 at Thursday’s council meeting to adopt Master Plan A, which makes room for a splash pad among other amenities but not for an aquatic center.

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Mayor David Turley and council members Gary Brovetto, Carrol Harvey and Ken Matthews chose Plan A while Bob Carlsen, John Schafer and Mayor Pro Tem Eric Smith voted against it.

City Manager David Buttery said the Parks and Recreation board had recommended that Memorial Park exclude a pool, citing that the “green space” in the park is very limited and an aquatic center would consume too much of that valuable resource. Those who wanted a pool at Memorial, including members of the Woodland Aquatic Project, said the location is perfect and a community pool should be very close to downtown.

The council did pass a resolution in early October to explore the 2014 budget and find money to begin a community pool project somewhere within the limits of the Teller County town of more than 7,500 people.

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