City Seeking Resident Input On Colonial Park Redesign

April 7, 2009

The City of West U. has invited residents to serve on a Citizen Design Review Panel for Colonial Park Pool design plans, and will hold their first meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 20 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 3800 University Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public, and interested residents are encouraged to attend.


This meeting will be conducted by Jeff Gerber, with the PGAL Group.  Haley Panton, Water Technologies, will be assisting Gerber in presenting several conceptual pool designs and soliciting input from the panel. 


Scope of project:


The panel is intended to review/discuss design options and develop a final design for the Colonial Pool.  The initial direction that the Parks Board, staff and PGAL have been given from council is as follows:


Design the family recreational/leisure pool to include three distinct “zones,” which “flow into” one another. 


Deep Water Zone ( 12’ max. ):  Diving Board, Climbing Wall and Deep-Drop Slide


General Activity Zone ( 3’ ):  Recreational swim area, H2O Volleyball, H2O Basketball,


*Swim Lessons, *8 and Under Swim Team Practice


Zero Entry/Shallow Zone ( 0” – 3’ ):  “spray and play area” for infant through 8-year-olds with some in-pool seating for parents and guardians


* These activities would only be conducted before the pool opens for the general public


Desired Meeting Outcomes:


– Open discussion of design elements

– Open discussion of designs

– Recommendation by Parks Board to City Council of a final design





In May of 2007 the Mayor and City Council appointed a Park Planning Sub-Committee to study the recreational facility needs of the community and to bring forth a recommendation for the re-development of the West University Recreation Center & Swimming Pool (former YMCA ), the Colonial Park Swimming Pool & Recreation Center and the Community Building/Senior Center.  After two years of effort involving a citizen survey, citizen focus groups, public meetings and conceptual design and budget development, this sub-committee brought forth a recommendation to mayor and council. In November of last year, a $13.8 million parks bond passed by a narrow margin. The Friends of West University Place Parks Inc. raised an additional $1 million dollars, exclusively for the re-development of the West University Fitness Center and Swimming Pool. 


The comprehensive effort of the Parks Board, PGAL and staff brought forth a series of conceptual designs for the re-development that involved the different elements for the project, inclusive of an indoor swimming pool, youth athletic fields, walking/jogging trail, outdoor playground and a comprehensive two-story fitness and recreation center.  The pool design process was completed by forming a panel of primary user groups, who collectively helped design an instructional and fitness pool that will accommodate all of our current instructional and fitness programming needs.  Construction of that entire complex is underway, with completion of the pool anticipated in the fall of 2009.


The design phase of the Colonial Park Pool is the next step in the overall re-development process.


InstantNewsWestu Staff

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