S’mass ready to dive into pool | AspenTimes.com

S’mass ready to dive into pool

Steve Benson

Residents of Snowmass Village may be swimming by the end of next summer. The town has hired Aspen design firm Bluegreen to head the planning process and seek the necessary land-use approvals for the community poll, which is slated for an area just west of Horse Ranch Drive. The pool is part of the entryway master plan, which will occupy the area that currently encompasses the Community Park, the rodeo grounds and the ball field. The plan could include areas for basketball, tennis, skateboarding, soccer and softball, as well as picnic facilities, a pond, coordinated trails, a nature center and a recreational facility. Construction on the pool – which will be financed as part of a $2.3 million bond issue – may begin next spring and could be open for use in August 2005. Since the pool will be built first, the town’s planning staff is carefully weighing the best possible design and construction phasing. The current plans call for the pool to be a mix of lap lanes and recreational space. “Certainly, cost is a factor,” said Carey Shanks, the town’s economic development director, in a press release. “Within that constraint, we’d like to make the facility as versatile as possible.” Bluegreen recently completed the ArtWalk Master Plan and the Brush Creek enhancements at the Snowmass Club golf course. “Our goal is to create spaces that are not only beautiful, but meaningful,” said Sheri Sanzone, the principal officer of Bluegreen.Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com

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