GRANTS PASS – The City of Grants Pass Parks Advisory Committee voted unanimously at their meeting March 12 to support the city council’s intent to apply $50,000 of discretionary funding to conduct a feasibility study regarding the future of Caveman Pool. Committee members and city councilors recently toured the aging facility to determine the immediate needs for operating the pool for the summer season.
At their February meeting, committee members voted against patching and repairing the existing pool as it would only serve as “a costly band aid,” they said.
Committee recommendations included keeping the pool maintained within the limits of current budget appropriations for as long as possible while the process of a feasibility study can move forward.
The proposed study will examine several options for the future of the pool, including rebuilding a new facility at the current site, building a similar facility at a new site, or building a larger indoor aquatic center at a new site. Committee members want to seek input from various stakeholders and potential partners, as well as members of the community regarding needs, expectations, and support for various options.
Ultimately, more detailed options will be presented to the public for input and feedback. In the meantime, the committee has asked city staff to provide a report at their next meeting regarding the continuing costs of maintenance at the facility.
The Parks Advisory Committee will next meet 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at City Hall, 101 NW “A” St.