Specifically, she asked that the council try to add a so-called beach entry to the training pool, which is a very gradual slope and can be used by anyone.
The council suspended its plans to approve the pool designs Jan. 26 and asked that stakeholders meet to see what could be done.
"Essentially, there was a meeting of all interested parties, and staff took comments, and came up with a really nice design," summarized Vice Mayor Betsy Nash, who was part of the group that met to iron out the details over the past several days.
In the revised plans approved Feb. 1, the training pool had an additional separated ramp with a gradual slope planned on one side of the pool. There are hand railings on both sides. There is also an entry ramp planned at the lap pool, lowering to a depth of 3 1/2 feet before dropping into the full lap-pool depth of 7 feet, said Assistant Public Works Director Chris Lamm.
"This is an example of your government in action, your government being responsive," said Mayor Drew Combs. "Hats off to the staff for being willing to again get back into this and come up with a solution that works for all."
In all, the approved plan is to have two pools, one a 7-foot-deep performance swimming pool for activities like lap swimming, swim meets and water polo, and the second a training pool that ranges between 3 1/2 and 5 feet deep, with an elongated entry ramp on one side and an accessible ramp along another side of the pool. In addition, the city has planned a "splash pad" area and play features for children to enjoy playing in water without having to swim. The project is estimated to cost $7.4 million.
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