Leisure Pool Inches Closer To Consideration

Audience members in favor of the leisure pool raise their hands. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Shelby Redondo, one of the original petitioners, speaks in favor of the leisure pool. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

After hearing much public comment and receiving a petition of more than 700 people in support of a leisure pool this evening in Council Chambers, Council voted 7-0 to move the issue forward.

In its motion, Council voted to acknowledge the petition, thank the petitioners for their recommendations and requests, and take action that allows Council to consider this proposal as they move through the CIP evaluation process this year.

Council also directed staff to look into the cost and feasibility of a recreation center that would include a leisure pool. Councilor James Chrobocinski suggested the possibility of combining a rec center, leisure pool and ice rink at Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive. He added that the ice rink on West Road would not necessarily need to be moved or closed.

The leisure pool was placed on tonight’s agenda after Shelby Redondo submitted a petition March 27 on behalf of at least 715 people, requesting that the County construct a Leisure Pool Annex as part of the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

Jane Young reads a letter to the editor from Ashley Mamula published this morning in the Los Alamos Daily Post that details her family’s recent visit to Breckenridge, Colo., and their enjoyment of a leisure pool/recreation center. Young said she agreed completely with Mamula’s letter and encouraged Council to approve a leisure pool for this community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Shelby Redondo, also an original petitioner, speaks in favor of the leisure pool. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Nathan Hjelm advocates for the leisure pool and said he thought it was unfair to have placed it for a vote in a previous election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Philmont Taylor told Council he believes the leisure pool is very important and said there should be a separation of functions from sports to therapy and leisure swimming. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

This family took turns speaking in favor of the leisure pool. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chris Vicious speaks against the leisure pool saying it’s a want and not a need. County Manager Harry Burgess looks on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

More than a dozen citizens line up to speak about the leisure pool issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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