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Posted on: February 18, 2021

Community Center Design Concept Unveiled; 50-Meter Pool and Outdoor Aquatic Center Included

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On January 9, the City Council moved forward with placing a Community Center Referendum Question on the November 2021 ballot. Included in the concept will be a 50-meter outdoor pool, which provides opportunities to partner with swim clubs and secure potential state funding for part of the project. Council Members weighed cost-benefit analysis data when deciding on the outdoor option, which is much less expensive to build and allows for a 75 to 100% cost recovery. Indoor aquatic centers typically only allow for cost recovery abilities in the 30 to 50% range. Annual operating losses for indoor centers are also more than double those found with outdoor facilities. The outdoor aquatic center model and concept is based, in part, on a facility recently constructed in the City of New Hope (pictured left). The Cottage Grove proposal also includes water slides, a lazy river, zip lines and shallow water play features. The Community Center concept voters will decide upon would be located off Keats Avenue, across the street from the entrance of Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park and would include the following amenities: 

    Indoor Playground

    Community or Multi-Purpose Rooms

    Sports Dome with Walking Track

    Performance Space

    Early Childhood Family Education

    CGAA Office and Storage Space

    Outdoor Landscaped Areas

    Outdoor Aquatic Center with a 50-Meter Pool

The estimated project cost is $39.2 million and City staff members are exploring potential partnerships and use agreements to minimize the cost to taxpayers. As those conversations come together, the City will provide more concrete data on potential taxpayer impact in the coming weeks. If the referendum passes, there will not be a tax impact for residents until 2023.

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