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Grandview parks board fine tunes aquatic facts for Feb. 24 public meeting

GRANDVIEW - With the Grandview family aquatic center bond issue to be decided in less than three months, the Grandview Park and Recreation Service Area Board is fine tuning its responses to questions the public may have about the issue.

Meeting Wednesday night, the service board put the final touches to an agenda for the community meeting to be held Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Carl L. Stevens Senior Citizens Center. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on the $5.2 million project.

The board expects to hold the public meeting much like a park service board meeting, with an overview of the project to be given by the aquatic center architect.

Wednesday, the board played devil's advocate in an effort to cover all of the questions it thinks the public is likely to ask at next Thursday's community forum.

"We just want to be able to anticipate as many of the questions the public may have as we are able," said David Copeland, board chair.

Grandview Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter presented the board with a two-page fact sheet, answering many of the questions heard at recent focus groups, which have been held during recent weeks.

In addition to an explanation of what the family aquatic center will include, the fact sheet is designed to answer questions dealing with the need for a new city pool, as well as the costs attached to the multi-million dollar project.

Saying the service board hopes the new aquatic center will be able to draw support from users throughout the Lower Valley, the members reiterated the need for a new pool is more than evident.

The existing pool, located in Westside Park, not only doesn't meet the community's aquatic programming needs, the aging pool, built in 1955, is simply too expensive to maintain.

"We don't see that condition improving in the future and space for expansion is limited in Westside Park," Copeland said, who said the service board wants the pool built at Euclid Park near three of Grandview's recently remodeled schools.

Grandview voters turned down a similar aquatic pool issue in 2000, but the Grandview Park and Recreation Service Area Board is hoping the 2005 bond issue will be received more favorably by the public.

In order to ensure the measure will meet the voters' approval, the board has laid out the costs for the project.

According to figures the board currently is using, the bond issue, if passed, will cost $83 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home. Carpenter said that number may be slightly lower based on the 2004 adjusted tax base.

The board also reviewed a draft copy of a resolution it expects to present to the Grandview City Council in March.

The service board has until April 1 to make all of the final adjustments to the bond measure, said Carpenter.

At the community forum the board will answer questions on the proposal, which is to include an outdoor swimming pool, complete with water slides, water play features, picnicking areas, playgrounds and concession areas.

The board said the proposed facilities are designed to provide hours of recreation for patrons of all ages.

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