SHERIDAN — Surveys collected by Interstate Engineering over the past several weeks showed Sheridan residents want to see new amenities at Kendrick Pool when the city decides to renovate the landmark, Interstate representatives said Thursday.
Consultants presented four conceptual designs to the community, which city residents had opportunities to vote and make comments on over the last month. The 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.
At a public meeting at The Hub on Smith Thursday, Interstate’s Regional Vice President and Community Planner Brent Moore said the firm received about 1,000 responses to a surveys asking residents to consider four conceptual designs for the pool renovation and vote on amenities they would like to see included.
The city paid $88,100 to Interstate earlier this year to design renovations for Kendrick Pool after a survey included with Sheridan’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update indicated an overwhelming percentage of city residents wanted to see upgrades to Kendrick Pool.
Those results — which Interstate collected through a project website the company designed as well as at previous public meetings and from physical displays of the four options that were distributed around the city — showed nearly 50% of respondents preferred Design D.
Residents who attended Thursday’s meeting were also given the chance to fill out surveys and Moore said Interstate would consider those surveys and the public comments delivered at the meeting before delivering a final recommendation to Sheridan City Council.
Brian Milne, a senior project engineer with Interstate, said the firm will likely make tweaks to the designs based on feedback before forwarding them to council.
Some residents Thursday night questioned how the city would pay for the pool renovations. Sheridan Public Works Director Lane Thompson said while that decision will ultimately be left to city council, city staff believes the project could be funded using revenues from the Capital Facilities Tax if and when it is renewed next year.
Several attendees also raised concerns that the renovations — which call for a larger parking area — would lead the city to remove the nearby tennis courts in Kendrick Park.
Thompson said if the city did remove the courts, it would build new ones elsewhere in the park. However, if public opinion is staunchly against removing the existing courts, Thompson said the city would leave them in place.
Thompson said he will present the four options and survey results to the mayor and city council — many of whom attended Thursday’s meeting — for discussion during a study session Monday. He said council is expected to vote on the future of Kendrick Pool at its regular meeting Dec. 16. Council will hold a public hearing before voting on the matter, during which time city residents will have another opportunity to weigh in on the future of the pool.