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Learn about leisure pool Thursday

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The Los Alamos County’s Capital Projects and Facilities Department staff and their consultant invite the public to a meeting regarding a possible leisure pool addition to the existing Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
Two conceptual plans will be presented during the meeting, which will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Training Room at the Aquatic Center.
Also, the results of a random resident survey mailed out in October will be presented as part of the public meeting.  The public will be able to compare the two plans and comment on their preferences.
The plans are available for viewing at the 311 Customer Care Center and on the County’s webpage under Projects/Aquatic Leisure Pool at www.losalamosnm.us. The public is encouraged to review the plans prior to attending the meeting.
The Leisure Pool addition to the Aquatic Center is a proposed Capital Improvement Project (CIP) that was approved under the new CIP process that began in 2008. It was brought forward by a group of interested citizens for consideration, approved by the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee for a Phase I “study” and then approved by the Council for study funding during the FY2010 budget hearings.
The study has a project budget of $50,000 and was awarded to GreenPlay LLC to provide planning and preliminary design. Cost estimates, operational impacts and a statistically valid survey gauging public interest in a leisure pool, fees and amenities were all part of the scope of work that has recently been completed by the consultant.
The Parks and Recreation Board will consider this project at their March 10 meeting and is expected to issue a recommendation to the council about the project.
A CIP Phase II “Design” application will be completed in March and presented to the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee at 5:15 p.m. March 24 in council chambers, when the committee could make a recommendation to council about whether or not to proceed with the project.
Depending upon the outcome of that meeting, the council could consider the project during their FY12 budget hearings and discussions about funding future design or construction of all capital projects.
Both the Parks and Recreation Board meeting and the CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee meetings are open to the public and would provide additional opportunities for the public to comment on the proposed project.
Bryan Aragon is the County Project Manager who is actively involved with the project and its consultants during the concept design phase.
The public can submit e-mail comments to Aragon at cpfd@lacnm.us until March 10.