Aqua Center Faces Another Hurdle

Proponents of a $7 million aquatic center in Woodland Park could face another pivotal meeting this week, and may have to look for a new site location away from the downtown. 

The city council will make a final decision on Nov. 21 regarding consultant master plans for a Memorial Park redesign project. A crucial aspect of these plans deal with a possible addition of an aquatic center, capped by a variety of pool areas and top-rate amenities, in the Memorial Park, with the possibility of combining the senior center inside this future aquatic facility.

However, the city’s parks advisory committee has advised against adopting a final Memorial master plan that includes the aquatic center. In a statement released at a recent meeting, the committee concluded that other sites are available for the aquatic center in Woodland Park. They urged the Memorial Park plan to showcase the theme of maintaining more green space. The master plan, though, does call for some unique park enhancements 

This could serve as another defeat for the push for an aquatic center in Woodland Park. Although city leaders expressed more support for the aquatic center project in a previous public meeting, no money has been allocated for the future facility, according to initial WP budget hearings.

However, the city does have a pot of about $500,000 that it can use for future opportunities, according to City Manager David Buttery. But recent budget meetings have featured little discussion regarding the future aquatic center.