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  • Will voters dive in?

    City of Medford is looking into reducing costs of pool construction if bond passes
  • Medford officials are hopeful they won't have to tap into the full $14.5 million that voters are being asked to approve Nov. 6 to build two new public pools.
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    • What Measure 15-115 would pay for
      Hawthorne Park Pool
      Measure would fund a new, year-round, 50-meter, multipurpose pool in Hawthorne Park that also would include a small, warm-water therapy pool. The new pool would increase the ...
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      What Measure 15-115 would pay for
      Hawthorne Park Pool

      Measure would fund a new, year-round, 50-meter, multipurpose pool in Hawthorne Park that also would include a small, warm-water therapy pool. The new pool would increase the amount of swim lesson space, senior aquatics programming, recreational swimming and lap swimming, and it could be used for competitive swim meets. Plan also calls for additional parking. The new pool space would measure 13,693 square feet. Estimated opening would be September 2014.

      The existing Hawthorne Pool, closed in March 2011 because it leaked 30,000 gallons a day, had about 6,000 square feet of pool space.

      Jackson Park Pool

      A new seasonal pool would be built on the current site, operating from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The new facility would feature swim lessons, recreational swimming, expanded seating and shade for nonswimmers. It also would have a large slide, new bathhouse and additional parking. The new pool space would measure 6,000 square feet. Estimated opening date is June 2014.

      The current pool has 4,350 square feet of water area.

      Both Jackson and Hawthorne pools would be accessible for those with disabilities.
  • Medford officials are hopeful they won't have to tap into the full $14.5 million that voters are being asked to approve Nov. 6 to build two new public pools.
    "If you don't need the whole $14.5 million, why borrow the whole thing?" said Brian Sjothun, director of Medford Parks and Recreation.
    Sjothun said if the bond is approved, the city would work with a single contractor on the two projects to help bring down the costs, particularly for administration and overhead.
    The figure listed in Measure 15-115 is the upper ceiling on the cost of the projects, based on estimates provided by Adroit Construction Co. of Ashland, Ogden Roemer Wilkerson Architecture of Medford and Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatics Group of St. Louis, Mo.
    The measure would cost voters 15 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value. The owner of a house with an assessed value of $207,000, for example, would pay an additional $31.05 in property taxes annually.
    A park fee also would be tacked onto utility bills, adding 73 cents a month ($8.76 a year) to pay the costs of operating and maintaining the pools. Costs to use the pool would rise, from $3 for adults to $4 or $5, and from $1 for children to $2 or $3. Nonresidents would pay a surcharge of about 20 percent more.
    Amy Stainbrook, a 36-year-old mother of two children, said she likes the idea of larger and better pool facilities, but still has some reservations about the city's proposal.
    "I don't like Hawthorne so much because I worry about bringing my children there," she said. "The homeless community brings in a certain type of people."
    Stainbrook said she didn't realize that Hawthorne would have an indoor pool, or that the city is working on a plan to make the park more family-friendly.
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