Aquatic Center Plans Unveiled

Aquatic Center Plans Unveiled
Aquatic Center Plans Unveiled
Aquatic Center Plans Unveiled

Final plans unveiled for $10.65 million pool hub

Capital campaign launched to equip center with more perks

Rick Langenberg

City officials and local aquatic proponents are edging closer to their first official dive into a $10.65 million, mega-pool hub with a spree of amenities, but lacking in any additional fitness perks, such as a racquetball court or mini-gym.

The project, which will be constructed inside the Woodland Station area, is slated to break ground next spring and will be open for business in 2017.

Last week, the city and the Woodland Aquatic Project group hosted two public workshops to unveil the final design plans for the project and to generate additional comments.

“We are very excited about this,” said WP City Manager David Buttery in describing the final design for the 26,000-square-foot facility, crafted by the Denver-based architectural firm of Barker Rinker Seacat, during a forum on the evening of April 30. “It is a really neat-looking facility.”

Buttery described the forthcoming building as a quality but efficient facility, with a budget of roughly $10.65 million for the construction and necessary infrastructure. The construction of the aquatic center is a byproduct of a successful ballot issue last November, approved by Woodland voters by a 70 percent margin. It followed a lengthy campaign for an aquatic center, a project that had its early beginnings in the mid-1990s.

However, the aquatic project group is now spearheading an additional capital campaign to obtain more grants and individual contributions to supplement the facility. They hope to record the same successful track record as that of the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, which obtained an extensive level of contributions from more than 1,110 donors.