Columbia Association (CA) is in the process of conducting two feasibility studies — one on replacing the SplashDown water slides at Columbia Swim Center in the future with another family-friendly amenity, the other on turning an outdoor pool site into a year-round indoor pool. The findings of those studies will be presented and discussed at public meetings in October and November.
The studies began in September as a result of CA’s aquatics master plan process, which looked into what changes should be made to CA’s aquatics facilities and programming in order to best serve area residents into the future. SplashDown is reaching the end of its useful life and is being used by far fewer people than in the past. Meanwhile, the aquatics master plan process found that there is a sizable demand from swimmers for more indoor pool space. One of six outdoor pool sites could become a year-round indoor pool site: Dasher Green, Huntington, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck, Locust Park or Talbott Springs.
Both feasibility studies are being conducted by Illinois-based consultant Williams Architect/Aquatics, representatives of which will be at the meetings, which are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Owen Brown Community Center (located at 6800 Cradlerock Way) and for Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hawthorn Center (located at 6175 Sunny Spring in Hickory Ridge).
The Oct. 24 meeting will include a presentation and discussion of both studies, including the current conditions and an analysis of the findings. These findings will be shown at stations around the room. Public feedback is welcome, and people will be able to speak one-on-one with the consultants and CA staff. Though registration is not required, please register if you plan to attend at aquatics-study-findings.eventbrite.com. The Nov. 27 meeting will focus on more specific options and alternatives for both projects, based on the feedback from the public and from members of CA’s steering committee. Register at aquatics-study-design-concepts.eventbrite.com.
Williams Architect/Aquatics will ultimately make a recommendation to the CA Board of Directors in January.
For more information on the Aquatics Master Plan, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/AquaticsMasterPlan.