Parks district will examine pool options

The South Whidbey Parks & Recreation district wants to hear from South End residents and get their ideas on a new recreation and aquatics center on Maxwelton Road.

The district has hired consulting firm O.R.B. Architects to complete a feasibility study to determine how South End residents currently feel about the proposed complex.

Originally designed in 2007 by MacLeod Reckord through a master plan process, the sports complex and pool facility needs to be defined in detail by the community, said parks director Terri Arnold.

Based on people’s reaction at the meeting, the district may propose a levy next year to pay for it.

The cost of the improvements in the plan, including the pool, gymnasium, recreation center and covered tennis courts could range from $14 million to $16 million.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at the House of Prayer, at Highway 525 and Craw Road. District officials are not planning subsequent meetings between the public and the consultants on the project.

“In an attempt to keep consultant costs low, we are hosting only one design review,” Arnold said.

“However, there will be subsequent opportunities to participate once the design is vetted and critical issues emerge that need solving,” she added.

The district wants public input on the following items:

• Should an aquatics/recreation center be built on South Whidbey?

• How small or large should this center be and how will the space be divided?

• What programs will generate the most money, what will the fee structure look like and can the building sustain itself?

• What will be the impact to the taxpayers in the district?

• What other funds are available for capital construction or revenue?

For information, call Arnold at 221-5484.

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