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South Suburban to develop aquatics master plan


A master plan is being developed to evaluate aquatics facilities and programs offered by South Suburban Parks and Recreation, and to ensure the district meets the needs of the community and remains a top provider of such offerings.

The community is being asked to provide feedback at public meetings, via an online survey or by filling out a paper survey. Access the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSPRaquatics, or pick a copy up at any of the district's recreation centers through May 15.

Public meetings will be led by Counsilman-Hunsaker, the consultant working with South Suburban. The meetings begin with a 30-minute presentation, followed by Q&A sessions.

The schedule for meetings is:

• 6 p.m. April 24 at Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., Littleton

• 7 p.m. April 25 at Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial

• 6 p.m. April 26 at Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 RidgeGate Circle, Lone Tree.

Through the process, South Suburban will address aging infrastructure and prioritize upgrades and/or future projects to reinvest in the community. The district also will review changes in local demographics and meet with the community to gather input on the diverse aquatic needs of its residents.

Upon completion, the Aquatics Master Plan will be incorporated into South Suburban's Master Plan, which was developed in 2017. While that plan was being developed last year, one of the top 10 opportunities identified by residents was aquatics upgrades.

Swimming is one of the most popular activities for residents; however, three of South Suburban's outdoor pools built in the 1960s do not meet current industry standards or the functional needs of the community. An assessment of both the physical and functional aspects of each pool will be made, with recommendations on repairs or replacements for each facility.  

Contact Kelsey Whisler, assistant director of recreation, at KelseyW@ssprd.org.


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