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Piedmont council OKs changes to community pool’s design

Piedmont council OKs changes to community pool’s design

PIEDMONT — After a lengthy discussion Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to approve proposed changes to the community pool’s design.

“We’ve had 15 City Council meetings and eight pool advisory committee meetings (to advance plans for the pool),” City Administrator Sara Lillevand said.

A valued community resource, Piedmont’s pool complex, above, has been closed for more than two years due to the pandemic. (Nate Jackson — staff archives) 

Clarence Mamuyac of ELS Architecture and Urban Design and consultant Stuart Isaac of Isaac Sports Group attended the meeting via teleconference to answer questions from the panel and describe changes. The design reflected in the package was the result of proposed modifications approved by the council at its March 21 and April 4 meetings, Lillevand noted in her staff report.

Changes were outlined to maximize usage, serve all user groups and in some cases, save money, she said. Most importantly, the city and council are committed to run the aquatic center on a net-zero carbon footprint using photovoltaic and other alternative energy sources to run the facility.

City staff will focus on grant monies, electrification incentives, fundraising and possible state budget allocations to electrify the pool facility. Lillevand outlined the changes, which are estimated to cost $250,000:

“More program space is being created — for special needs classes, adaptive PE, increased capacity for lessons” Isaac said, adding that Piedmont’s design goals will make for an appealing, functional pool complex. “People are demanding more from pools these days. Some include climbing walls or playgrounds or zip lines.”