Consultants Present Final Report

January 19, 2007 at 3:35 pm 1 comment

Click the link at the right that says “Counsilman-Hunsaker Final Report” to see the four scenarios that the consultants who conducted the feasibility study for a new aquatic center for Mt. Lebanon have recommended for consideration. The scenarios include concepts and projected costs for three outdoor aquatic centers and one indoor natatorium.

The municipality’s goal is to build a facility that will replace the deteriorating 30-year old, 50-meter aluminum pool located in Mt. Lebanon Park. In 2004, a school/municipal committee considered partnering on an indoor 50-meter natatorium and fitness center, but was unable to come up with a concept that met the recreational, competitive, health/ wellness and instructional needs of both the school district and the general public. At the request of some members of the public, a joint committee is again evaluating the possibility of a partnership; a decision should be made in spring 2007.

Whether or not the school district and municipality work together, the municipality plans to have a new aquatic center in place in 2009. In the meantime, the municipal staff and commission continue to welcome your comments on the various scenarios, which range from basically replacing what we have (50 meter pool and baby pool) at a projected cost of $6.6 million, to a 25- or 50- meter outdoor facility with upgraded amenities at a cost of $8 million to $10 million, to a 50-meter indoor facility that would cost nearly $25 million.

We hope you’ll take time to review Counsilman-Hunsacker’s final report, which was compiled following a public input process. The report includes visuals of the various scenarios and provides statistics regarding things such as construction and operating costs, probable attendance, projected expenditures and revenue, and net costs. Any of the options presented could be revised once we enter the design phase.

Please keep in mind that the consultants have used 2009 dollars, as that is when the project would likely take place.

We thank you for your constructive comments over the past few months and look forward to your continuing input.

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  • 1. Steve Chew  |  January 30, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Having attended the January meeting and read through the final report I feel that option 3 is the best (outdoor aquatic center with 50 meter pool and leisure pool). We need the 50 meter pool so that our local aqua club can practice, remain competitive and host events. And the leisure pool with the slides and zero entry will be a wonderful place to visit for children and for adults. I have two children and look forward to taking them to the pool in the summer and the added fun of the leisure pool would make a significant difference to how often we visit. Also the cost is not that much greater than the plain 50 meter pool, especially given that this option is estimated to actually make money each year (on operating expenses) as opposed to losing money like the plain 50 meter pool.

    The indoor option seems far too expensive and is estimated to lose $400,000 per year which is unacceptable. Also I don’t like the idea of spending my summers swimming with my kids indoors rather than out in the sunshine. Option 4 with the 25 meter pool will mean that the local aqua club, one of the largest in Pennsylvania, will have no where to practice or hold events since their events require a 50 meter pool. Its somewhat lower cost does not justify losing that important aspect of our pool.

    So I would like to see us move forward with option 3 to build the outdoor 50 meter pool and leisure pool.

    Steve Chew

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