“Columbia’s aquatics facilities are a distinguishing feature of our community and are integral to the Columbia way of life.”
— CA Aquatics Master Plan May 2012
Possible options for a new amenity to replace SplashDown and for the construction of a new indoor pool were discussed at the Hawthorn Center on Nov. 27 in the second of two open houses. The possibilities offered were the result of two feasibility studies conducted by Illinois-based consultant Williams Architect/Aquatics.
Feedback from Columbia Association’s (CA) steering committee and the first public open house in October helped narrow the alternatives further, getting Williams closer to meeting the objectives called for in CA’s aquatics master plan.
Four options offered for meeting the demand for more indoor pool space included:
- An indoor pool at Dasher Green to be built alongside the existing outdoor pool
- An indoor pool to replace the outdoor pool at Talbott Springs
- Converting the shell of the current pool at Locust Park to an indoor site
- Completely replacing the outdoor pool at Locust Park.
Three possible family-friendly scenarios were offered for the SplashDown site (nearing the end of its maintenance schedule or “useful life”). Details can be found at ColumbiaAssociation.org/AquaticsMasterPlan.
Williams Architect/Aquatics will compile the information gathered from the open houses and work with CA staff to recommend a final conceptual design solution. A presentation will be made at the Jan. 10 CA Board Meeting, 7:30pm.