Outdoor pool idea hasn’t sunk | AspenTimes.com

Outdoor pool idea hasn’t sunk

Janet Urquhart

An outdoor pool of some kind appears to have the blessing of the Aspen Recreation Center’s advisory committee.With the deadline looming on approving language for a November ballot question that would include some funds for an outdoor pool of some sort, the City Council will hold a formal session today to finalize the ballot wording.The council was scheduled to adopt it last week but wasn’t sure the citizen advisory group for the ARC was on board.”I would say the group is pretty strongly behind new aquatic elements,” said Scott Writer, advisory committee chairman.What exactly is envisioned for the grassy area just outside the pool room at the ARC has yet to be clearly defined, but some sort of outdoor pool feature to complement the indoor pools was part of the future plan for the ARC when it was built.The advisory group sees the ARC as both a community asset and a visitor amenity, Writer noted.”We, as a group, think that anything that improves our standing on that front is a very positive addition,” he said.Retaining some of the lawn space, however, is vital to the staging of swim meets, Writer said. In addition, pool users can head to the grass to sun themselves.”It’s not going to be a big lap pool – it’s going to be something else,” he said.The ballot measure the council is contemplating will ask voters to give the city permission to retain excess property taxes for five years. If voters approve it, the measure is expected to produce $2.5 million to $3 million, which the council has earmarked for stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk and trail improvements, and replacing buses with alternative-fuel vehicles, along with a new pool feature at the ARC.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com