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Pool design process continues

The basics of the site plan have been decided, but many design options still being considered

Designs for the Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center renovation are moving forward but much is yet to be decided as the Chehalem Park and Recreation District works with the project architect and contractor to figure out what options it can afford to include in the nearly $20 million project.

Parks supervisor Jim McMaster, who is serving as project manager for the district, updated the CPRD board of directors at its Aug. 27 meeting, noting that the basic site plan for the project has been agreed upon. RENDERING COURTESY OF CHEHALEM PARK AND RECRECATION DISTRICT - Changes - The design for the new Chehalem Aquatic Center has changed since initial artists renderings were released several months ago.

Because repurposing the current pool building to serve as a gymnasium will save the district a significant amount of money, the design team and two advisory committees has elected to erect the new pool building directly east of the current facility on the southern portion of the property where the current parking lot sits.

The plan calls for two new entrances on Haworth Avenue, as well as parking lots on the west, north and east sides of the property, which would necessitate removing some of the trees from the park east of the current facility, although the largest concentration of trees on the far east end would remain.

Keeping and repurposing the current facility was also a key factor because it will allow the district to minimize the time the pool is closed by keeping it open while the new one is constructed.

“If we can reuse that building, the contractor says we’ll save $200,000 or more,” McMaster said. “That was important. Becasuse of that, that’s the only way we could go. If we would have taken the building out and closed everything down, then it could have been a different deal.”

McMaster said that myriad different options for the building and site plan are still being costed out by project contractor Triplett Wellman and Scott Edwards Architecture, including whether the new facility will have a second floor to accommodate a running track above the gym.

McMaster said the basic layout for the leisure pool aspect of the new building is more or less set, while the design elements for the competitive/lap pool, including possible separate bathrooms, are still being weighed.

“When the numbers come in, we’ll be able to look at it more realistically,” McMaster said. “The architect has drawn up different designs, now we’re looking at costs. It’s ongoing.”

McMaster will continue to update the board at its monthly meetings and said a public information meeting will eventually be held to announce which features will be included in the design.