Architects Hired For Community Center, Pool Complex

If all goes according to plans, new pool may open for 2010 season

11/21/2008 - Hastings and Chivetta Architects has been hired by the City of Sunset Hills, at a cost of $500,000, to design a new community center, along with a leisure and competitive swimming pools.

Parks Director Gerald Brown said the design phase of the project will likely take six months. The new pools are expected to open in 2010, while the opening day for the community center has yet to be determined, according to Brown.

Brown said recent economic hard times have reduced the value of bonds to $11.4 million from $13.8 million six months ago.

As a result, Brown said the lazy river component of the new pool may be left out of the project, or added at a later date.

The 23,065-square foot, two-story community center will include a 74- by 44-foot basketball gymnasium, park administrative offices, meeting rooms, fitness and exercise and weight rooms and a hard wood floor multipurpose room that can be used for aerobics. The center will be located next to city hall, 3939 Lindbergh Boulevard.

The gymnasium, considered a money maker, can be used for sports other than basketball, and can be converted into space for wedding receptions and dances. Employees will be needed for the control center and in the fitness area. A personal trainer may be needed, Brown said.

The 3,400-sqaure-foot leisure pool, to include a new bathhouse, will be located in the same location as the current 20-year-old pool in West Watson Trails Park, 12512 West Watson Road. The leisure pool may include slides, spray grounds and below-water benches.

The grounds between the two proposed pools can be utilized for spectators during swim meets. Brown said the city staffs 60 lifeguards. With the two new pools, 10 lifeguards, rather than six, would be needed per shift.

The 4,500-square-foot, eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool with diving will be located down a slope area next to the leisure pool.

There is ample parking for the new community center, Brown said. Parking for the swimming pool, however, is still being assessed, Currently, there are 118 parking spaces available, with 50 parking spaces in a grassy area that can be used in a pinch, Brown said. He said a shuttle service from the city hall parking lot is being considered.

Monies from Proposition P, expected to generate $13.8 million over a 20-year period, will pay for the community center, swimming pools as well as city stormwater projects.

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