Posted: Apr 23, 2013 12:21 AM by Adam Bell
In a late vote Monday night, Bozeman City Commissioners voted to keep Bogert Pool running for as long as the current facility will allow.
Members of the Recreation and Park Advisory Board presented their recommendation to the commission, after being asked in January to come up with a plan for the future of aquatics in Bozeman.
City Aquatics Manager Dan McCarthy says the city needs "A facility with a greater capacity for the sole public outdoor pool is needed for this community. Therefore, staff, and the rec and park advisory board is recommending the following for Bogert Park. Bogert Park splash pad and an indoor/outdoor family aquatic facility.
Commissioners decided to pass 3 separate motions related to Bogert Pool.
The first decision was to keep Bogert Pool up and running as is. Commissioners unanimously agreed to have the Recreation and park Advisory Board continue pursuing possible partnerships for a new aquatics facility. Potential partners include, the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, the Gallatin Valley YMCA and the Ridge Athletic Club. The final decision by the commission was to have the board continue pursuing the idea of a splash park, but at a different location than the current Bogert Park facility.
In reaching their final decision, commissioners had a lengthy debate about how to handle the city's lone outdoor public pool in Bozeman.
Commissioner Mehl asked the board why the current Bogert Pool would have to close saying "My challenge for you here, swim lessons lap swim and family aquatic recreation activities. Under your plan, the top two goals will go away. We'll lose our capacity to provide for swim lessons and lap swim while we do this."
Deputy Mayor Jeff Krauss adds "And I guess at this point I'm trying to figure out why would we tear out the only outdoor swimming pool we've got until we have a new one?"
As part of the recommendation, the board has 60 days to return to the commission with their findings.