By Eric Heinz
Design plans for the Swansea Recreation Center’s new indoor pool are starting to manifest, as the city has wrapped up a series of three public outreach meetings on the project.
At a cost of about $17.8 million from the 2017 voter-approved Elevate Denver bond funds, the indoor pool will replace the outdoor facility and encompass an area of about 15,000 square feet, taking up some of the existing outdoor space, although this could change during the design phase. The indoor pool could take up some of the room on the adjacent futsal (indoor soccer) court.
Molly Lanphier, the city’s planner on the project, said they want to keep the existing locker rooms next to the pool for future use.
“We have the opportunity through the bond dollars to just replace it and build a new futsal court for the community, or (something else) if they have other ideas,” Lanphier said. “Some things on the table are like a soccer wall or more of an extension and outdoor space, (or) seating areas near the pool.”
The exact design of the indoor pool is still being considered, but Lanphier said there will be a section that will have swimming lanes, a water slide, and a shallow pool, and she said the city will continue to take feedback from residents as it goes through the design process.
Lanipher said because there isn’t an indoor pool within the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods, the city felt there was a need.
“The closest indoor pool is on the other side of I-70,” she said. “We wanted to give the community a year-round pool.”
The design process is expected to last into 2023, with construction beginning in 2024 and a goal of completion by 2025