August 6, 2014 Updated: August 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm
A possible community pool for Woodland Park will dive back into the discussion Thursday at the town’s city council meeting.
After years of debate over how to bring a swimming and water recreation facility to the Teller County town of more than 7,500, the people might get a chance in November to decide on how a pool could be funded. The council will discuss an ordinance that would put a question on the Nov. 4 ballot and potentially give the go ahead for Woodland Park to use $10.1 million of increased debt to pay for an aquatic center.
The ordinance and potential ballot question would make good on an October 2013 resolution. The council unanimously resolved to “carefully scrutinize the 2014 city budget” and find a way to pay for a pool without raising taxes.
The draft of the ordinance in the agenda packet for Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting says, “The adoption of this ordinance will promote the health, safety and general welfare of the Woodland Park community.”
If the council approves the initial reading of the ordinance on Thursday, a public hearing would be scheduled for Aug. 21, according to the agenda.
An approval in November would not only allow for the city to increase its debt to $10.1 million, but would also pave the way for a “maximum repayment not to exceed $15.7 million.”
A push for a pool moved into the spotlight in recent years after the Woodland Aquatic Project was formed and then became a nonprofit in 2012.
The organization’s movement eventually led to an aquatic center being added to one of three possible plans to renovate Memorial Park north of downtown Woodland Park.
In November 2013, the city council opted to go with a final plan that did not include a pool. City Manager David Buttery said after that 4-3 vote that “green space” in the park was limited.