Dublin residents will have an opportunity to view an updated design for the Dublin Community Pool North, 5660 Dublinshire Drive, during a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Wyandot Elementary School, 5620 Dublinshire Drive.

The outdoor pool has been a popular summer haven in Dublin for the past 30 years, said Matt Earman, Dublin parks and recreation director.

"Many great experiences, friendships and memories have been created because of this fantastic amenity," Earman said.

"It is our responsibility to make certain the design of its replacement can build and even improve on these values; therefore, making an effort to meet the overall community's highest priorities is paramount."

Earman previously said the city's 2019-23 five-year capital-improvements program includes $7.15 million for design and construction of the pool.

The city's last public meeting for the pool was May 22, at which point residents were able to view an initial draft design concept.

That concept included a leisure pool, an eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool with an adjoining diving hopper, a small pool for tots, a splash pad and a small pool with a slide.

When gathering public comments, those that are most prominent and represent the greater benefit to satisfy the greater needs of the community typically are determined to be given highest priority, Earman said.

"These priorities are incorporated into a conceptual design, which is then analyzed for cost estimations and trimmed down or expanded depending on the outcome," he said.

The latest design concept, to be unveiled at the Sept. 3 meeting, is based on outcomes of the past three meetings and represents the highest priorities voiced by the community and the funds with which the city has to work, Earman said.

Earman said he hopes that after hearing input at the meeting, city staff will be able to use feedback to create a more illustrative rendering and a more in-depth cost analysis.

He said he anticipates one final public meeting prior to sending the design to the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council for formal approval.

Chris Paolini, president of the Dublinshire Homeowners Association, which serves the neighborhood where the pool is, said he's grateful he and other community members can be included in the design process.

"I think it is great that the city continues to solicit input from the community and share their plans as they move forward with this important project," he said.

Paolini, who attended a pool input meeting in May, said he thinks city staff members have a good grasp on what needs to be incorporated into the pool.

Whereas he is looking forward to learning more about basic amenities for the pool, such as parking, shaded areas, chair availability, concessions and restrooms, Paolini said, he is most interested in learning more about opportunities for unusual amenities, such as a mound near the competitive pool to provide a viewing spot for spectators.

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