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BCZ

United States

#1 Jun 22, 2008
Park trustees believe a $3.5 million project is the best option.

Its popular features would draw in more visitors and serve as an asset for the community, according to BCZ’s executive summary.

Currently, around 28,000 visitors use Hoffman pool each year. BCZ, which has decades of experience developing aquatic centers, believes its design could draw 70,000 a year.

More visitors paying slightly higher admission fees should make the facility pay for itself, the master plan summary said.

Mr. Myers said conservative estimates show the pool’s revenue picture would change by $150,000 a year. Bellefontaine now subsidizes the operation with about $60,000 a year, but the aquatic center could bring in $90,000 more than its expenses.

That new revenue could help pay off a bond issue, Mr. Myers said, and that is the preferred option for funding the project.

It will be up to the Bellefontaine City Council to decide whether or not to issue bonds for the project, Mr. Myers noted. It would take around $220,000 a year over 30 years or $280,000 a year over 20 years to pay off the bond based on current interest rates.

He hopes to present the master plan to the council in July.
BCZ

United States

#2 Jun 22, 2008
Hoffman Municipal Pool is 40 years old. There are 28,000 unique visits to the pool each year. The new facility could draw as many as 70,000 Existing pool covers 17,600 square feet. Proposed aquatic center would cover 12,620 square feet.
Outdoor recreational aquatics is the nation’s most popular participation sport with nearly 70 million participants. Baseball, soccer and football combined have less than 25 million participants.
$3.5 million cost could be paid off over 20 or 30 years. Bond retirement would cost $220,000 to $280,000 a year.
Naked Man

Marengo, OH

#3 Jun 22, 2008
Will they have a late night skiiny dipping night?
Wonderer

United States

#4 Jun 22, 2008
2 and a half times more visitors with 2 thirds less space.....hmmmm/?????
Wonderer

United States

#5 Jun 22, 2008
a third less space..my bad
NON INDIGENT

United States

#6 Jun 22, 2008
I haven't really looked into this, so I may be way off base here - forgive me if I'm wrong, but... With an increase such as this, won't it cause an increase in the price of admission?

There are a lot of Hondroids (and other upper income earners) living in this town. They may or may not care about an increase, but there are also a lot of average (or below average) people living here as well. Could this increase cause less citizens to able to afford the cost? This seems to be one of the things that many younger people do during the summer break.

Just a thought. Help me out here.
Ice Machine

Mount Vernon, OH

#7 Jun 23, 2008
What about the area being able to handle the increased traffic?? I have family that lives on E. Williams and they dread when the park opens b/c the road gets closed...can you imagine what that could possibly turn in to?
happy

United States

#8 Jun 23, 2008
Ice Machine wrote:
What about the area being able to handle the increased traffic?? I have family that lives on E. Williams and they dread when the park opens b/c the road gets closed...can you imagine what that could possibly turn in to?
I say the street is a big issue! Bellefontaine needs to be happy with what they all ready have. Check out the Urbana swimming pool, and our pool looks wonderful.
Bellefontaine needs to deal with the nasty streets we have and fix that before any other improvements in the city.
Golfer

Marysville, OH

#9 Jun 23, 2008
I heard, whether true or not, the pool has a leak that they cannot fix, without digging it up. I'd say, if true, cover it up and turn it into a sports area, putt-putt, batting cages, go carts, basket ball courts. I don't own a swim suite but love to do the sport stuff with my family. I read the $'s in the paper for a new pool, I cannot justify it and don't see people driving to Bellefontaine to swim when Columbus has the water parks.
slappy

United States

#10 Jun 23, 2008
Competitive swimming teams GO To THE YMCA. Get a grip city! Good Golly take a longer look at what is happening in the world. Take care of what you have. You aren't doing a very good job keeping the streets fixed and taking care of the junk you have.
tired

Gibsonburg, OH

#11 Jun 23, 2008
slappy wrote:
Competitive swimming teams GO To THE YMCA. Get a grip city! Good Golly take a longer look at what is happening in the world. Take care of what you have. You aren't doing a very good job keeping the streets fixed and taking care of the junk you have.
If I remember right - I read the article a few days ago - but I think that they are saying the current pool was basically made for competitive swimming and that wasn't the reason most people go there - they need to make it into what the people are looking for now.
B-town Chick

United States

#12 Jun 23, 2008
Im not sure what the cost will be for us, but I think it would be neat. As the pool is right now there isnt much for my daughter to do because she is too small, but with the new stuff they want to do, it looks like she would have more fun there.
lost n amused

Balm, FL

#13 Jun 23, 2008
Could someone please post a link or more complete information. Thanks in advance.
Huni

Mount Gilead, OH

#14 Jun 25, 2008
I saw the article in the paper along with the proposed plan. It really looks great... but... they mentioned an increase in admission... with a price tag like that they would have no choice... that does present a problem. With the finacial crunch that is happening everywhere most families just wouldnt be able to afford to go They could take the plans back to the drawing board and rework it. Losing a feature or two will reduce the cost and decrease the needed rise in admission cost.
Huni

Mount Gilead, OH

#15 Jun 25, 2008
Naked Man

Marengo, OH

#16 Jun 25, 2008
I anxiously await its opening. I will of course NOT be naked.
Simon Says

United States

#17 Jun 25, 2008
Do we know who supports this? Any of the elected officials or just the park board?
lost n amused

Balm, FL

#18 Jun 25, 2008
Huni wrote:
http://www.examiner.org/news06 .21.1.php
Thanks
DickTracy

Sunbury, OH

#19 Jun 28, 2008
I think a new pool sounds like a good idea. My question is, where are the people going to park?
Kozar19

United States

#20 Jul 2, 2008
My biggest concern is the fact that they want yo sell bonds to build it. Does that mean that they don not actually have the funds to build it? And if they do not, than I feal it should be placed on the ballot for the people to chose(i.e. Southview Park and Airport)

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