The Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project is about a month away from advertising for bids for construction, it was reported to the Cherokee City Council on Tuesday by John Cook, one of the project committee co-chairs and Neal Kuehl of the engineering firm of Kuehl and Payer.
"It is critical at this time to stay on track for the project," Cook said.
He added that the level of interest has gone up as people have seen the old pool being demolished. Fund raising has gotten the project to within about $511,000, according to Cook and he said that there are expected to be some significant contributions to be announced soon.
An artist's concept of the project (seen on this page) was presented and details given to those in attendance at the Tuesday meeting.
Trails will be serve all levels of ability and include both handicap accessible and more challenging walking paths.
The amphitheater will serve as large a group as can be expected for community events, accommodating an audience of hundreds or even thousands.
The playscape area was designed using input from communities that have recently built play areas and input from local children.
People returning to the town for the Sesquicentennial this summer will be targeted for contributions for a shelter house, to be called the Centennial Shelter. Cook said the initial response has been positive.
The aquatic center has remained fairly close to the concept of more than a year back with two significant modifications. There is a grassy area included and also a wet sand area.
The design still contains a zero entrance area, a splash pad area, eight lap lanes, two diving boards of different sizes and two water slides of different characteristics.
There will be fun water equipment such as tumble buckets, a geyser and a short kiddie slide.
The bathhouse will be much enlarged and have concessions available from both inside the pool area and outside the pool area. A larger selection of concessions is expected to generate more revenue for the pool.
One room containing computer equipment will be air-conditioned and serve as a first aid room when needed.
The pump building will be built into the bluff and the roof will serve as a handicap accessible viewing area for the pool, providing more area to watch pool events or for parents to just watch their children at play. There will be one uni-sex restroom outside the bathhouse but for special events when paid attendance is not occurring at the pool, the bathhouse restrooms can be opened to the public. There will be 22 additional parking spaces added.
Further updates will be given to the city council on a regular basis.