NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city is seeking input on whether there is a need or interest in a public swimming pool and, if so, what residents would like to see.
About a dozen people attended a Thursday brainstorming and information session in which Patrick Hoagland and Nancy Nozik of Brandstetter Carroll Inc., an architectural and engineering firm working with the city spoke at the meeting about various options. The firm specializes in building public pools, Nozik said.
The city is considering a 17-acre parcel of land off Bainbridge Road across from South Central Park, an area where people park for the Corn Festival, to build a pool. There appears to be enough land to both build a pool and still maintain land for parking during the festival, Nozik said, because a pool would only require about five acres.
The city and firm want residents to give input on every aspect of the pool from types of slides, splash pads, lazy rivers, lap pools and facilities residents would like to see.
Those present said they use a variety of places to swim during the summer from Lake Erie to private pools to the YMCA.
Longtime resident Gene Kleinholz asked whether the city might consider using the old middle school land for a pool. He also questioned how a pool might fit into the city’s Parks and Recreation master plan.
“I wonder how this fits in the grand scheme of things,” he said.
Hoagland said when the plan was developed, the two things residents said they would like to see were a recreation center and an aquatic facility.
Resident John Klembarsky said he’d support moving forward with a public pool.
“I think we need this,” he said. “I’ve been in the city 20 years, and this is something I’ve always wanted. I think this is good, family oriented entertainment.”
Resident Nadine Buterbaugh, who has lived in the city for more than 50 years, said she would like to see an indoor pool, although she realizes that likely won’t happen because costs of an indoor pool are prohibitive.
However, Buterbaugh said she will support any plan simply because it is time to do something for the community.
“I would support anything this town does, ever, if they just did something,” she said.
Parks and Recreation director Kevin Fougerousse said it is too early to say how a pool would be paid for, and that as a plan is developed a variety of funding sources will be considered. Nozik said pool projects her firm has worked on have ranged in price from $3 million to $10 million.
“That’s part of the reason we are analyzing this,” Fougerousse said. “I want a document to provide to the community to say this is what it will be and this is what it will cost. That way, if we do have to put something before the community, they’ll know what it is for.”
Another brainstorming session will occur 6:30 p.m. Monday at the North Ridgeville City Hall City Council Chambers, 7307 Avon Belden Road.
Those interested in providing feedback online can do so at NorthRidgevillePool.mysidewalk.com.