Parks officials are trying to pin down what exactly a new swim center for Tracy will look like as they prepare to go out to bid on its design in June. Construction could follow a year later.
The City Council in January voted to spend about $1.2 million to design the water park, the first phase of construction will have a lazy river, waterslides, an activity pool, and a wet playground. The swim center will be built at the northwest corner of Corral Hollow and Linne roads.
Later, a 52-meter pool, a wave machine and a smaller pool for lessons and recreation will be built later.
At last week’s commission meeting, several attendees suggestions, as did the consultant the city is using to guide officials.
Supporters of bringing swim meets to Tracy asked that the 52-meter pool be sized to meet U.S. swim standards, and that it include locker rooms with bathrooms and showers.
They suggested a kitchen be built near the 52-meter pool as well to help with fundraising events.
Some people asked for landscape netting to cut down on the wind, and asked for no regular-sized parking spaces rather than one for compact cars. The design, the public urged, should include plans for overflow parking with room for RVs.
Parks department head Rod Buchanan asked consultant RJM Design Group Inc. to make sure where the parking will be located and how many spaces there will be once the first part of the swim park is built.
The consultant wants solar energy to be part of the design.
The public also wondered at what stage a concessionaire will be in place, and asked that they be in a central location.
People suggested something be constructed for shade, and that lights and noise be diminished because the park will be close to new homes.
A Wifi hotspot should be considered as well, commissioners were told, and there needs to be break rooms for lifeguards, storage space and first-aid rooms.
The city expects to spend about $13 million to build the first phase of the swim center. It has $3 set aside already, and expects to be paid $10 million by the Surland Companies in exchange for the rights the City Council gave Surland to build 2,250 homes.
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