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May 4 – This discussion has closed. Staff will advertise for bids for Phase 1 of the project and construction drawings for that work are being finalized.  During a July or August meeting the City Council will be asked to vote on funding for Phase 1 of the project.   


The University Park Swimming Pool at Curtis Park was built in the mid to late 1930’s. After more than 80 years the pool remains the recreational core of our community. Over the decades, several renovations have taken place. Most recently, in 2009 the City upgraded the 50-meter pool’s filtration system, installed a baby pool, a spray ground, a water slide and various shade structures. In 2010, the pool was renamed and dedicated as the Holmes Aquatic Center, after former Mayor Blackie Holmes. In 2015 alone, the pool received more than 107,000 visits including passmembers and daily guests.

Development of Holmes Aquatic Center Master Plan – Building Improvements

For the past year, the University Park City Council, committees, residents and architects have been involved in developing a pool master plan. The plan centers on making improvements to the existing buildings, examining how the facility is currently being used and exploring opportunities to expand recreational programs. A major component of the study involves improvements to the facility’s two existing support buildings. Both are in an advanced state of deterioration and in need of replacement. City staff is working closely with our City Council and committees to develop a funding strategy for these improvements. The City Council recently approved $124,500 to complete the design portion of the project. No money has been awarded for actual construction. 

Project Review Process

On March 22 the City held a  community forum on proposed enhancements to the Holmes Aquatic Center.  The forum included a PowerPoint presentation from project architect Davis & Davis.  The floor plan diagrams incorporate ideas the City has received from residents who use the facility.

On April 25 the Capital Projects Review Committee approved funding for Phase I of the project - improvements to buildings on the Center's northeast side.  

On May 3, the City Council considered a staff request to complete construction drawings and to advertise for bids for Phase 1 (northeast buildings) of the project.

SpeakUp – Community Input Sought 

We invite you to comment on any project aspect listed below. Feel free to review the attached PowerPoint presentation prior to providing input. Please note, due to the scope of renovations and enhancements, when construction takes place it will be divided into two separate phases to assure that renovations and enhancements will not interrupt pool season programs and activities. Also note that the 50-meter pool will not be altered, nor will parking. 



The new floor plan accomodates a multi-purpose room that could be rented out for birthday parties, meetings, or family gatherings. Would you utilize this space? If so, what for?

2 Responses

Mark Hardin over 2 years ago

I do not feel this is a needed facility. The point is children are OUTSIDE at the pool and a park is within feet of the pool complex, with picnic tables, grills etc. I would not use this facility. Two large trees appear to need removal to accommodate this facility.

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Beth Blankenship over 2 years ago

The City should not be in the business of building facilities to generate additional income - primarily from the residents paying to have the facilities to be built in the first place! This type of facility would not serve the interests of anywhere near the majority of the City's taxpayers.

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