CA narrows field for indoor pool to three sites

The field of Columbia Association pools being considered for conversion into an indoor pool open year-round has been narrowed from four to three.

Options for the three location — in Locust Park in Long Reach, Dasher Green in Owen Brown and Talbott Springs in Oakland Mills — will be discussed Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge.

According to a news release, the firm hired by CA, Williams Architect/Aquatics, will present four options for the three sites, one option for Dasher Green and Talbott Springs and two for Locust Park.

The options are: an indoor pool at Dasher Green that would be adjacent to the existing outdoor pool; an indoor pool at Talbott Springs that would replace the current pool site; an indoor pool at Locust Park that would use the existing shell of the current pool site; and an indoor pool at Locust Park that would replace the current pool site.

At an Oct. 24 meeting, Tom Poulos of Williams Architect said Locust Park was the early leader because of its flexibility.

Also being discussed on Tuesday are three potential future replacements for SplashDown, CA's family-friendly water slide amenity in Wilde Lake.

At the October meeting, a variety of possibiliites were presented to the public and CA, including a flow rider or wave simulator, a spray playground, a family play pool, a lazy river and a community jacuzzi. Three of those possibilities will be presented on Tuesday as alternative options.

All recommendations came out of two feasibility studies commissioned by CA's Aquatics Master Plan, which was accepted and filed by the CA board earlier this year.

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