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Arbaney Park pool improvement project seeks citizen input
What works, what needs to change, asked in survey
Arbaney pool
Courtesy photo The Arbaney Pool has myriad users, such as the Boy Scouts, who honed their skills here earlier this summer. A pool users survey is due back in town offices by Oct. 21.

What improvements do you want to see in your community swimming pool? 

That’s the fundamental question being asked by the town of Basalt as it seeks input on Arbaney Pool improvements through a citizen survey. Responses are due back by Monday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. and may be made online (preferred) or the old fashioned way, through a paper questionnaire.

“We want to hear from anyone who uses the pool or would like to in the future,” said Susan Philp, Basalt’s planning director.

The online survey is available via the town’s website or by going to letstalk.basalt.net/arbaney-pool-outreach/. For a paper survey, pick up one at the Basalt Town Hall offices, 101 Midland Ave. Return it in person or by email to planning@basalt.net.

Mechanical room
Courtesy photo Facility upgrades, including to the mechanical room, are envisioned for the Arbaney Pool. One project goal is to increase its energy efficiency.
In August, the Basalt Town Council approved a $200,000 contract with Connect One Design for engineering and design services to the Arbaney Park pool. A request for proposals initially went out in  June.

The pool, which has six lanes for swimming, diving well and 2-foot play area, can hold about 220,000 gallons of water. The outdoor pool operates seasonally.

Specific questions on the survey ask about pool improvements, enhancements to the kids’ area, facility upgrades and outdoor aesthetics.

One goal of the project, according to Philp, is to make Arbaney Pool more energy efficient.

After the project’s first phase – evaluation and design of components – is closed then buildout will begin in 2020. Future phases, which include improvements to Arbaney Park proper, will continue through 2023.

Funding for the improvements is provided through the Parks, Open Space and Trails sales tax, according to the town.