Columbia Association aquatics

Meetings for two studies ordered by the Columbia Association aquatics master plan have been scheduled for October and November. (Provided by Columbia Association - Aquatics Department facebook)

The Columbia Association has announced dates for two meetings regarding a pair of aquatics feasibility studies ordered in the CA Aquatics Master Plan.

One study explores the future of SplashDown, while the other looks into the transformation of an existing CA pool into a year-round indoor pool.

Both studies, which began in September, will be discussed at both meetings, which are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Owen Brown Community Center (6800 Cradlerock Way), and Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring).

During the aquatics master plan process, the board was divided on whether or not one of CA's 23 outdoor pools should be converted into an indoor pool, which will remain open year round.

CA has identified the following six outdoor pools as possibilities to become indoor pool sites: Dasher Green, Huntington, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck, Locust Park, and Talbott Springs.

SplashDown, located in the Wilde Lake Village Center, was closed in September of 2011 after an August inspection revealed structural problems.

SplashDown has also experience a decline in users over the past few years, according to a CA news release.

At the Oct. 24 meeting, the findings of both studies will be presented and discussed. Members of the public will also be able to speak one-on-one with consultants and members of CA staff.

At the Nov. 27 meeting, more specific options and alternatives, shaped by feedback from the public and the CA steering committee, will be presented.

A recommendation on both projects is expected to be presented to the CA Board in January of 2013.