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Thread: Wayland Community Pool Town Meeting Article 19

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    Default Wayland Community Pool Town Meeting Article 19

    The Wayland Town Pool has been essential in the lives of Wayland residents since it was originally built in 1969. Having a pool in town has been significant for all residents from our promising, young athletes, (many who have gone on to swim and dive for college teams), toddlers learning to swim and adults and seniors who have used the pool for regular exercise.

    Based on a thorough facility evaluation from the Park and Recreation Department, the current Wayland Town Pool is scheduled to permanently close its doors in March ‘09 due to structural and financial reasons. In 2004, a Wayland citizen group formed a not-for-profit organization (a registered 501c3) called Wayland Community Pool (WCP) for the purpose of designing and building a new aquatics facility. This committee has done extensive research on site possibilities, business planning, cost analysis and facility planning, working closely with Wayland Park and Recreation staff. As a result, plans for a new community pool are underway for the existing land parcel next to the high school.

    The Park and Recreation Commission unanimously voted to have the Town Pool parcel of land transferred from the Park & Rec Commission to the control of the Board of Selectmen. The BOS can then vote on offering for bid (leasing) this parcel to an entity for the purpose of planning and constructing a new pool facility for town recreational use. WCP will bid on the proposal, which will have very specific bid requirements (size of pool, facilities, use by town teams and programs). Upon completion of the project, the pool will be leased back to Park & Rec for town use. The Finance Committee voted 4-0 in favor of this land transfer. Article 19, in April’s town meeting, will likely be presented on Monday, April 14th and will need a majority vote in favor of the land transfer for this to occur. (Additional information and a copy of the article can be found here: http://www.waylandenews.com/article19pool.htm)

    The WCP project is estimated to cost $3.5 million. This budget includes reusing or renovating as much of the existing facility as possible. These funds will be generated solely through private donations. A town-wide fundraising initiative will be launched in early April. Memberships and usage fees from teams and groups will sustain a steady income for the pool to meet operational costs.

    Design plans for the Wayland Community Pool currently include up to ten regulation lanes, diving well, removable roof structure for summer memberships, larger pool deck (than existing pool) and energy-efficient facilities. Around the pool will be a building with locker rooms, office space and a multi-purpose room. The WCP will likely have several designated parking places as well as continuing to share use of the high school parking lot. The pool is being designed to accommodate summer memberships, so careful consideration is being given to creating a buffer of trees, shrubs and other forms of sound abatement around the building and a significantly improved “look”.

    Provided that the committee raises necessary funds and all permitting takes place, plans call for the demolition of the existing pool and construction of the new pool as early as the spring of 2009. An aggressive goal is to open the new pool in time for the Warrior’s winter swim season in October. The high school Warrior teams (swimmers and divers) and the Jr. Warriors will use the WCP for practice and meets. In addition to leasing the pool out for summer memberships, Park & Rec will offer aquatic programs such as lap swim, adult water exercise classes, swimming and diving lessons and life guard certification. The pool could also be leased out to other area swim teams and rented out for birthday parties and private functions.

    “In proposing this new pool, the Wayland Community Pool committee has studied the problems with the current pool business model and looked at various alternatives for the project”, states Benjamin Downs, President, WCP. “After extensive review, we believe that an indoor-outdoor pool with summer memberships offers the best business model for success. The long wait at other local outdoor pools suggests significant demand for this facility. In addition, the population density near the high school should offer a strong support base for a community pool.”

    For more information about the new pool or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact Benjamin Downs.


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    Default Details of Transfers

    Could you please provide a more detailed explanation of the real estate transfers contemplated by this article? Would it require the Selectmen to undertake a competitive bidding process? Would the finished facility be leased back to the Town for a nominal amount? I think that one of the Selectmen candidates had questions about these details during Peter's call-in show, and I'm guessing that other residents will want to understand the process more before they are willing to support it at Town Meeting. Thanks.

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    The article as drafted allows the transfer to be either a sale or lease of the land. The Park and Recreation department has expressed a preference that the transfer be a long term lease.

    I believe the selectman would be required by law to undertake a competitive bidding process. The bidding document will need to be clearly defined in terms of land use (for example specify the size and type of pool) and the terms for leasing it back for town use. The land use model is one that has been done before, most recently for the Paine Estate and the Nike Site. Our plan for leasing it back to the town has been developed with a focus on making the pool a self-sustaining operation, similar to the way other Park and Rec programs function (ie no budget impact). Additionally, we expect that the land transfer agreement will call out specific times and days when the pool is only to be scheduled for the town high school and recreation teams use.

    Our goal with the operations of the pool is to ensure the town has a service that is broadly available to residents for activities such as lap swimming, water aerobics, swim lessons, recreation, etc. The programming would all be fee based (like all park and recreation programming today) and either run by the park and recreation department or some other body.

    In light of the scheduled permanent closing of the Town Pool in March 2009 this is the best way to ensure the continuation and actual expansion of aquatic recreation for the town.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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    Default Moderator was looking for "the motion"

    During the Candidate Call-In show, Moderator Gossels indicated that he had not "received the motion", and he was clearly looking for something from the petitioner. You should contact him to find out what he needs.

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    Thanks Kim, I have spoken to Mr. Gossels and we are working on the motion he has requested.

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    Default Thank you...

    to Ben Downs and the group who has obviously done so much work to bring this to us! Recently the group invited us (neighbors) to come hear about the plans and offer concerns/input/questions. It is so much work they are doing and they are so welcoming of input. It will be exciting to see this unfold and I think it is a great opportunity to build community and recreation in Wayland.

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    I have been asked a few questions about our article that were confusing to me until I reread the title of the article. I apologize for the confusion the title has caused. The title of our article is: ARTICLE 19: SELL TOWN POOL LAND FOR PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION OF A POOL TO BE LEASED TO THE TOWN. The wording probably should have been: PROVIDE TOWN POOL LAND (THROUGH A LEASE OR SALE) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW POOL THAT WILL BE FUNDED WITH PRIVATE DONATIONS.

    The wording we used gives the impression that our plan is to build a pool that will operated for profit. That is not our intent. Our plan is to replace a town asset that is beyond its useful life with a new asset that will be available to the town for the next few decades. Our plan is to fund the construction of the facility with private donations and to pay for the operations of the facility through usage fees. That is how the current town pool has tried to operate but when there has been a short fall in usage fees the town has had to fund its operations out of the town budget. Our operating plan is based on generating enough usage fees to not require town budget support. The creation of a new larger facility will be attractive for rentals to other teams and will allow significantly enhanced programming to include lap swimming, swim recreation, swim lessons, water aerobics, etc. This will allow the town to have a self sustaining asset. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Ben
    Last edited by BTDowns; 04-01-2008 at 02:56 PM. Reason: insert paragraph break

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    Ben, a trivial question really, but just curious -- will the new pool use that filtration system like they use at Longfellow that cuts down on the chlorine use? It's amazing how much nicer it is in there since they switched the system over.

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    We have not yet decided on the type of water purification we will use. I have looked at the ionization process that is used by Longfellow and will make sure it is part of the bid package for the pool. Thanks for your thoughts.

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