Watertown May Combine Splash Pad With Thompson Park Pool Project

Watertown May Combine Splash Pad With Thompson Park Pool Project

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The city of Watertown is working to re-open the Thompson Park pool and bathhouse. On Monday, city council may hire a company to design the project for close to $35,000.

"Council is going to have an opportunity to approve the preliminary design agreement on Monday night so we can move forward with looking at a renovation option and looking at a new build option," said Justin Wood, city engineer.

Wood is also suggesting that council consider combining the pool and bathhouse project with the new splash pad, which will be built right next to the old pool. The splash pad was slated to be finished by this July. However, combining the two projects would delay the splash pad.

But, Wood says doing the projects together would create smoother construction, cost savings for the city and it would eliminate safety hazards of having children playing near heavy equipment when construction on the pool happens in 2019.

"It's simply something that's worth talking about since we're moving forward on design of the pool. Now is kind of our last opportunity to say does it make sense to do it as a joint project," said Wood.

Council has talked about combining the two projects in the past, but at the time it was recommended to keep them separate.

Council Member Cody Horbacz originally wanted to combine the two projects, but now he wants to talk to city council and staff before making any decisions.

"It does make sense to do it at the same time but it also made sense when staff recommended doing the splash pad first and making sure the pool was designed around it so that they tied in together," said Horbacz.

Other council members like Ryan Henry-Wilkinson don't want to delay construction of the splash pad.

"We've basically been telling people to expect it to be finished for this year so I think we owe it to people to follow through on that,"  he said.

If council decides to keep the projects separate, the city will move forward with bidding for the splash pad in the next week.

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