2/14/2014 2:08:00 PM New pool hearing on February 18
On March 3, 2014 the City of Cannon Falls will be holding a referendum for up to $4.25 million dollars to build a new aquatic center.
The City Council will hold a public informational meeting to present the proposed new pool, projected tax impacts, and answer any citizen questions on Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cannon Falls City Hall, 918 River Road.
This new facility will replace the existing pool and will be located in the same area.
A Pool Committee has been meeting and gathering information for a new pool. The committee worked with US Aquatics as a partner to develop the proposal for the new pool.
US Aquatics is located in Delano, MN and has been involved with dozens of pool/aquatic center projects the past few years. Recent area pools they have worked on include LaCrescent, Plainview, Stewartville and Spring Grove.
The Pool Committee did review renovating and remodeling the existing pool structure. The estimated cost to do repairs and bring the pool up to all existing building, pool, ADA, and safety codes was almost $1.9 million. The existing pool was built in 1969.
Due to the age of the current facility and the anticipated cost to bring the pool just up to code, the committee recommended the build new option.
The entire project will cost approximately $4 million. The $250,000 difference in the amount being requested is a contingency in case of unforeseen problems during the project. In the end the City will only bond the amount needed to complete the project.
The proposal is for two separate bodies of water. The amenities (slides, diving boards, etc) will be split between the two pools. One of the pools will be a "zero entry" pool so that people of all ages and abilities can utilize the new facility. This "zero entry" design essentially replaces the "baby pool" design of the existing pool.
The other pool will be of the more traditional design (deeper entry, swim lanes, etc). This design accommodates the current swimming lessons, water aerobics, etc and other potential new programs.
A new pool house and concession stand with covered eating area is planned as a part of this project.