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SSPR seeks public input for District-wide aquatics master plan

SSPR seeks public input for District-wide aquatics master plan

Apr 10 2018

South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) is developing an aquatics master plan to evaluate current aquatics facilities and programs to ensure SSPR meets the needs of the community and remains a top provider of aquatics offerings.

Public feedback is important and will help guide the direction of the aquatics master plan process. The community is invited to provide feedback at public input meetings, and through an online survey, www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSPRaquatics. The survey will be available through May 15. Copies of the survey are also available at SSPR’s recreation centers.

Public input meetings will be conducted by SSPR's consultant, Counsilman-Hunsaker. The meetings will begin with a 30-minute presentation, followed by Q & A.

Public input meetings will take place:

• Tuesday, April 24, 6 p.m. – Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave.
• Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m. – Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd.
• Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m. – Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 RidgeGate Cir.

Through the process, SSPR will address aging infrastructure, and prioritize upgrades and/or future projects to reinvest in the community. SSPR will also review changes in local demographics, and meet with the community to gather input on the diverse aquatic needs of SSPR residents. Upon completion, the Aquatics Master Plan will be incorporated into SSPR’s Master Plan.

While developing SSPR’s Master Plan in 2017, one of the top ten opportunities identified by residents was aquatics upgrades. Swimming is one of the most popular activities for residents; however, three of SSPR's outdoor pools built in the 1960s do not meet current industry standards, or the functional needs of the community. An assessment of both the physical and functional aspects of each pool will be made, with recommendations on repairs or replacements for each facility.  

For more information contact Kelsey Whisler, assistant director of recreation, KelseyW@ssprd.org.