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File #: 17-0670   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 7/11/2017
Title: Approve a Conceptual Design for the Washington Community Swim Center Project
Attachments: 1. Report to Parks and Recreation Commission 17-0485.pdf, 2. 12/15/16 Community Outreach Meeting Summary, 3. 3/30/17 Community Outreach Meeting Summary, 4. Conceptual Design Options Boards, 5. Recommended Concept, 6. Excerpt of Draft Minutes of the Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting of June 14, 2017, 7. Public Comment Emails, 8. Staff Presentation 20170711 (17-0670)

Approve a Conceptual Design for the Washington Community Swim Center Project

The Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) considered this item at their meeting of June 14, 2017. An excerpt of the draft meeting minutes is provided in Attachment 6 to this report.

On a 4-0 vote, with Chair Alexander III absent, the PRC passed a motion that staff review the pool configurations and parking to identify the design that will meet the desires of the community. (Attachment 6 - Excerpt of Draft PRC meeting minutes of June 14, 2017).

Questions and comments from the commissioners focused primarily on the relationship between the intended use of the facility and the proposed design. For example, several questions were asked regarding the design of the facility and the impact on parking (whether the intent was to create a "destination" type facility that would have a city-wide draw or an enhanced recreational facility that would mainly draw from downtown neighborhoods), the allocation of space within the facility intended for aquatic programming versus more general community space and safety concerns related to congestion in and around the facility as well as markings within the pool area to clearly delineate varying depths of water. In addition, questions were asked about the intended scheduling of programs within the facility and efforts made to ensure the facility was appropriately designed for patrons of all ages and abilities.

There were four speakers during the public comment period. At the commission's request, two of the speakers emailed comments to the commission following the meeting and are provided in Attachment 7.

In addition to the comments noted above, additional comments included a desire to better understand the funding for the project as well as how this project differs/complements other City facilities such as Fremont Pool; an expectation that the facility have amenities that...

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