He took two weeks off and it’s back to the grindstone. Just weeks after the Dec. 20 opening of the I-90 Interchange, Avon Mayor Jim Smith said his city’s administration will begin reviewing pool plans within the next several months.
Plans are still very preliminary, but Smith said that a new pool will not require a new tax.
“It’s still too early to say what it will look like,” Smith said. “We’ll know in a couple months what we want. We’re going to get different looks at a pool.
“We’ll be looking at the site and hopefully start building this year and have it ready (in 2014). “It won’t take long to build. I wanted to get the interchange completed first.”
Residents have expressed support for a community pool, which would be located on city property behind the Avon Fire station on Detroit Road.
The city has been eyeing development of that area, which spans 19 acres and includes 5 acres of woods, for several years.
“Eventually there will be a city hall built there,” Smith said. “We’ve been connecting sidewalks in the area for the past few years. We’ll be looking at a layout soon.”
The city has also been creating wood-chip trails in the woods behind the station.
“It’s a super, super spot,” Smith said. “It’s a gorgeous piece of property.”
Smith said with a community full of younger people and families, a pool is a logical addition.
“I look at Avon Lake and see how well it’s been accepted,” Smith said.
The Avon Lake pool, (pictured) located in Bleser Park, was built after a tax was approved by voters for the item. It has consistently surpassed membership expectations since it opened in 2010.
A price tag has not yet been set for a new pool.