Rec center plan up for review |

Rec center plan up for review

Dana Strongin

The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association’s somewhat controversial plans for an indoor pool will be reviewed tonight.

The city’s Planning Commission will conduct a pre-application review. Plans that are in the pre-application stage are put before officials and the public for comments and suggestions, but no formal decisions are made.

The Health and Recreation Association is a private, non-profit group that runs the Old Town Hot Springs near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. The center has fitness areas and other amenities, including three outdoor water facilities: a lap pool, a children’s pool and hot springs.

The association’s plans include creating a building that would house a new eight-lane lap pool and leisure pools. The existing outdoor lap pool and the adjacent swim area would be eliminated. The existing hot pools and the water slide would be renovated, and there would be a new parking lot where the tennis courts north of the center are.

At the same time, the community has been discussing the possibility of a city-owned recreation center in Steamboat. Four sites have been identified, including one off of Hilltop Parkway. Preliminary designs for the recreation center include an indoor pool.

Earlier this month, association board members met with Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation commissioners. The two groups disagreed about which center should house the pool. Commissioners said they were worried about losing some of the Old Town Hot Springs’ outdoor facilities, and board members said that the association “does water best.”

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The association’s plans are set to go before the Steamboat Springs City Council on May 16, the same day the council is hearing a report about the feasibility of a city-owned recreation center in Steamboat.

What: Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Citizens Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.