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Cherokee aquatic center plan adds trails, amphitheater

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Aquatic Center/ Gillette Park project is about a month away from advertising for bids for construction, it was reported to the Cherokee City Council this week by John Cook, one of the project committee co-chairs and Neal Kuehl of the engineering firm of Kuehl and Payer.

"It is critical at this time to stay on track for the project," Cook said.

He added that the level of interest has gone up as people have seen the old pool being demolished. Fund raising has gotten the project to within about $511,000 of the goal, according to Cook, and he said that there are expected to be some significant contributions to be announced soon.

New plans were unveiled this week.

Trails will serve all levels of ability and include both handicap accessible and more challenging walking paths.

The amphitheater will serve for community events, accommodating an audience of hundreds or even thousands.

The playscape area was designed using input from communities that have recently built projects and input from local children.

People returning to the town for the Sesquicentennial this summer will be targeted for contributions for a shelter house, to be called the Centennial Shelter. Cook said the initial response has been positive.

The aquatic center has remained fairly close to the concept of more than a year back with two significant modifications. There is a grassy area included and also a wet sand area.

The design still contains a zero entrance area, a splash pad area, eight lap lanes, two diving boards of different sizes and two water slides of different characteristics.

There will be fun water equipment such as tumble buckets, a geyser and a kiddie slide.

The bathhouse will be much enlarged and have some concessions available from both inside the pool area and outside. A larger selection of concessions is expected to generate more revenue for the pool.

One room containing computer equipment will be air-conditioned and serve as a first aid room when needed.

The pump building will be built into the bluff and the roof will serve as a handicap accessible viewing area for the pool, providing more area to watch pool events or for parents to watch their children at play. A uni-sex restroom will be added outside the bathhouse, and can be opened to the public. There will be 22 additional parking spaces added.

* Information courtesy of the Cherokee Chronicle-Times.

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