Extended Version: What is the best potential site scheme for a new 50-meter pool at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility?
The City of Alexandria is seeking input from the public regarding possible site configurations for expanding the existing Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatic Facility with a new, indoor 50-meter pool. A consultant team is assisting the City and conducting a feasibility study to determine if such an expansion is viable. A series of public meetings and engagement opportunities are an important component of the study. Please click on Post below to have your say on three potential options for the new facilities.
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is currently (2014) exploring options for a new indoor 50-meter pool and renovated recreation pool at Chinquapin. In February 2014, the City contracted a multidisciplinary consultant team, led by Hughes Group Architects, to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of a new competition pool to better meet Alexandria’s aquatic needs. The additional amenities under consideration include the 50M pool, spectator seating, new locker rooms, associated mechanical space and renovations to the existing pool to provide more family and recreation programming. The study also involves a robust community engagement process, in accordance with the City’s Civic Engagement Framework.
In May 2014 the consultant team submitted a report on their initial assessment (Task 1A of the Study Scope of Work) addressing whether or not a 50M pool would fit on the existing site and a preliminary analysis of the existing market demand for expanded aquatics at Chinquapin. The report is called the Chinquapin Feasibility Study.
In June 2014, the team presented these findings to the community at a public meeting, and initiated a civic engagement activity to learn what elements and features the public wanted to see in a new competition pool and renovated recreation pool. The meeting summary is found here.
Following the public meeting and this online activity, Hughes Group will complete a final report for Task 1B of the study in September 2014.
The next phase of the feasibility study will include the selection of a preferred alternative site lay out, initial conceptual design of that alternative, and initial cost estimates for the construction. In addition, a refined plan for operating the expanded facility will be provided. Task 2 of the study will be completed by December 2014.