SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan held an open house Thursday to allow residents to view and submit feedback on conceptual designs for the renovation of Kendrick Pool, which the city is still in the process of planning.
Sheridan began the renovation planning process this summer after an overwhelming majority of respondents identified the remodeling of Kendrick Pool as a priority in a survey attached to the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan update.
The city paid $88,100 to Interstate Engineering to draft different design concepts for the pool and build the website where city residents can view and vote on those concepts.
The process has yielded four conceptual designs, which were displayed Thursday night and are featured on a city website dedicated to the remodeling, but City Administrator Mark Collins said the designs are meant to demonstrate what kind of changes the city can make to the pool rather than serve as blueprints.
Interstate Engineering GIS Specialist Jason Boucher said his firm will consider the community feedback the city collected Thursday night — and continues to collect online — and develop one concept that incorporates the community’s preferences. Boucher said Interstate plans to publicly present that design at a meeting scheduled for Dec. 15.
“What happens in the end probably won’t look like any of these (concepts),” Boucher said. “What we’re hoping to do is start a conversation with the public, get them talking and say, ‘What’s important to you?’ And bring these all together in one design.”
The four designs progress in both detail and cost from Design A — which Interstate estimates would cost between $2.6 and $3.2 million and primarily upgrade the pool’s foundational infrastructure — to Design D — which Interstate estimates would cost between $4.7 and $5.7 million and include amenities like a lazy river and a water slide in addition to repairing the pool’s infrastructure.
While the conceptual designs include cost estimates, Collins said the city will have a much better idea of what the project could cost once Interstate has compiled the different design options into one concept.
The city would use Capital Facilities Tax revenues to partially fund the project, Collins added, and having a more precise cost estimate would help the city plan how much of the revenues from that tax it will have to collect and devote to the project.
The Capital Facilities Tax, which is an optional countywide tax, will be up for renewal in the 2020 elections.
Based on early feedback, Boucher said Design D has been the most popular option with city residents. That option would also include additional parking, as both engineers and city officials anticipate the added amenities would draw larger crowds.
As of Friday morning, 14 residents have voted for option A on the project website, 17 have voted for option B, 18 have voted for option C and 46 have voted for option D.
When the city initially discussed contracting Interstate to explore different design options for the pool, it had been open to the idea of designs that would involve relocating the pool. Collins said community feedback was largely opposed to that idea, however, and after reviewing the pool’s infrastructure, he said Interstate engineers were confident they will be able to update and renovate the pool’s existing foundations.
The same goes for the current pool house, according to Karen Kelly — a principal with Arete Design, the firm the city has contracted to remodel and build an addition to the Kendrick pool house.
“Because the building is a historic building, and has really been part of the community for a long time, we felt it was important to keep that in mind as we looked at how to do the addition,” Kelly said.
Collins said whichever options the community chooses to go with, repairing the pool’s foundations will be important to the site’s longterm viability. The city’s maintenance of the pool — which was built in 1937 — has dealt with problems as they’ve popped up. Comprehensive repairs and upgrades to the pool’s infrastructure will help stave off large scale erosion of the pool’s facilities, Collins said.
City Engineer Hanns Mercer said the city will continue collecting feedback on the proposed designs for the pool on the project website through Dec. 5. Community members will have the opportunity to comment on the design Interstate drafts based on that feedback after it is unveiled at the Dec. 15 meeting.