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Bond proposed for new $2.6 million pool project

Ashland Parks & Recreation Director Michael Black has proposed that the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission approve a $2.6 million bond to pay for renovation of Daniel Meyer Pool.

The commission discussed the site plan and a funding analysis for the proposed renovation at a study session Monday.

An ad hoc committee suggested increasing the size of the pool to 25 yards by 25 meters, which would include an attached recreation/therapy alcove.

The project is estimated to cost $2.6 million and would take about four months to complete.

Black recommended the commission approve the use of Food and Beverage Tax revenues to secure a revenue bond for 10 years to cover the capital expenditure costs, according to the staff report.

The income from the tax is estimated at $750,000 per year.

APRC already has three revenue bonds secured by the Food and Beverage Tax, including the Calle resurfacing project, Garfield Park improvements and the purchase of Briscoe School park.

“All told, the current encumbrances on the tax income is about $190,000 per year,” according to a staff report.

The pool was built in 1986 and is at the end of its life cycle. Hazards from the failing pool surface caused an early closure this summer. The only other public pool in the Rogue Valley is the barely functioning Jackson Pool in Medford.

The Ashland pool receives about 13,500 users a year, according to Black, which includes swim teams for the Ashland and Phoenix/Talent school districts, as well as children taking swim lessons, athletic and therapeutic classes and recreation use by the public.

The current pool is 25 yards by 40 feet, and because the ad hoc committee determined that the best location is the existing one, some aspects of the current pool area will have to be eliminated to fit a larger pool.

The plan is to reduce the planter beds on the deck area and to reduce the parking area by eight to 10 feet.

“The increases in deck space allows increased separation between the existing bathhouse and the pool and maintains the existing separation between the Senior Center and the new, larger pool, while still providing enough space for lawn area and preservation of the existing mature trees on site,” according to the staff report.

Black said the commission asked him to bring back some information, such as an update on the revenue numbers for this last season and whether the bond repayment would start before 2021.

Black said the commission could act on the pool proposal at its Oct. 28 business meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

To contact the Parks Commission about the decision, see ashland.or.us, scroll over “city commissions,” click “Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission” and then click “contact the commission,” or call the Parks Department at 541-488-5340.

Contact Tidings reporter Caitlin Fowlkes at cfowlkes@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4496. Follow her on Twitter @cfowlkes6.

Daniel Meyer Pool