As Dublin continues to develop the design for its Community Pool North, 5660 Dublinshire Drive, residents could have another opportunity to provide input later next month.

Matt Earman, Dublin parks and recreation director, said he wants to hold another public meeting with an updated design during the latter part of October, pending the outcome of design work that has to be completed. The goal, he said, is to put a more detailed project schematic online ahead of the meeting for the public to review.

On Sept. 3, city staff members presented the latest design at a community meeting in Wyandot Elementary School, 5620 Dublinshire Drive.

The latest design would increase the total water available for swimming by approximately 2,500 to 3,000 square feet compared to the existing pool, Earman said.

A lap pool, a leisure pool and a tot pool would be included, Earman said.

The lap pool ranges from 4 feet to 12 feet deep and measures 63-feet wide by about 82-feet (25 meters) long, he said.

A 63-feet wide by 120-feet long leisure pool starts out at 1.5-feet deep, increasing in depth from the northern end where steps are located to a total depth of 3.5 feet.

The tot pool goes from 0 to 1.5 feet in depth, with a diameter of 400 feet.

All the measurements, Earman said, are estimates only and will be verified as the design advances.

"The overall aesthetics of the facility, including landscaping, shade trellises, additional tables/seating areas will be enhanced to create more of a 'resort' type of environment," Earman said.

The new design incorporates a new entryway, concession area, restrooms, family changing rooms and administration offices, he said.

The layout of the pool and separation of bodies of water will enable the city to increase the availability of lap swimming for the general public and recreational swim team, Earman said.

Physically separating the competition lap pool from the rest of the facility enables additional seating for swim meets, he said.

The city plans to keep a majority of the existing shade structures with minor modifications, Earman said. More shade features to the shallower areas of the leisure and tot pools could be added.

Plans call for retaining the existing splash pad, Earman said.

The design is between $6 million and $7 million, Earman estimated, and the pool budget is $6 million.

Staff now will work to complete the design phase of the project, Earman said. Once the design is approved by Dublin City Council, construction work is expected to begin the first quarter of 2020, he said.

Community response at the meeting was mostly positive.

Resident Michael Suhovecky said the city drafted a strong plan, despite dealing with a very challenging crowd.

"I think they've done a very good job," he said.

Resident John Alford said he generally likes the design, although as a lap-swimmer, he is concerned with how many lanes will be available during normal business hours.

The design, he said, has only two lap lanes available for swimming, because the diving area inhibits lap swimming.

Chris Paolini, president of the Dublinshire Homeowners Association, which serves the neighborhood surrounding the pool, said he liked what he saw and heard Sept. 3. He said he found it encouraging the city is considering the addition of small amenities similar to some of the shade structures in place.

"Given the constraints of budget and 'you-will-never-please-everybody' criteria, the end result will be a better version of what we have now by a wide margin," Paolini said.

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