Meeting set to gather feedback on Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, ideas for renovations

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The City of Lawrence is planning a major renovation of the Outdoor Aquatic Center, and city staff members want to hear ideas and thoughts from the community about what the updated pool should look like.

It’s been nearly three decades since the pool was renovated, and “Major maintenance issues developed while pool design evolved during that time,” according to a news release from the city.

Lawrence city commissioners have approved allocating $6.1 million in the five-year capital improvement plan for design and construction of renovations.

“It is anticipated that much of the funding will be used for identified maintenance issues and needs. The balance will support a prioritized range of amenities,” according to the release.

The city will host a come-and-go, open house-style public meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the Heritage Room at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St. The meeting will begin with a short presentation, but the rest of the time will be informal so people can share thoughts with city staff and the consultant team.

The city anticipates that planning for the project will be completed this summer.

That process “involves assessing existing conditions; talking with Lawrence Parks and Recreation Pool operations and maintenance staff; discussing issues, needs, and solutions with the public; developing improvement concepts based on data analyses and community input; and identifying a preferred direction and cost estimate,” according to the release. “Later work will involve creating detailed design plans, bidding the project, and constructing improvements.”

The city has also published an online survey, available at this link. The survey will be open through Wednesday, May 1.

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