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Make voices heard on pool

The Parks and Recreation Commission wants to know what Ashland residents want from Daniel Meyer Pool. The answers they get could help determine whether the pool gets renovated or replaced from scratch.

The pool opened in 1984 in Hunter Park on Homes Avenue. It has served local residents every summer since, and four years ago operations were expanded into the winter months to accommodate local high school swim teams after Southern Oregon University demolished its pool.

But at age 35, Daniel Meyer has seen better days, and it’s becoming difficult and expensive to keep it operating without major work.

A year ago, the commission was told the pool was falling apart. At the time, cost estimates ranged from $3.5 million to expand the pool for competitive swimming and install a cover for winter use to a price range of $7.5 million to $10 million to rebuild the pool from scratch. Those options are still available, but how to pay for the project remains a major question. A new pool would come with higher operating costs as well.

That’s where the public comes in. The Parks Commission and the Pool Ad Hoc Committee plan two public forums to gather input from city residents: the first from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Ave., and the second from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St.

If you have opinions about what should be done with the pool, plan to attend and offer your input.