New Logan Family Aquatic Center layout

Tentative plans for the new Logan Family Aquatic Center. The project designs are roughly 50 percent completed as of Thursday during a pool planning meeting.

LOGAN — Summer has already begun for students out of school, which means they’re focused on swimming under the hot sun. Although, everyone that stops by the current Logan City Pool can’t help but wonder what next year’s pool will look like.

On Thursday, the City of Logan Service Director Bruce Walker, the Logan City Pool Manager Michelle Maniskas; and Parks and Cemetery Foreman Nick Maniskas, met with Charles Schneider project manager from Brandstetter Carroll Inc., the company hired to design the project.

As of now, the closing date for the pool is the 11th of August with school starting the following week. This will allow almost an extra two weeks for the construction crew to begin work so that the pool can open by Memorial Day of 2020, given that everything goes according to plan and the weather cooperates this winter.

The proposed pool plans will have a handicap concrete ramp and stairs leading up to the front of the pool house with roughly six trees that will have benches under them.

“This will be a nice little plaza space out front. Even when the pool is closed this will still be somewhat inviting,” explained Schneider.

The outside of the pool house tentatively has river rock stone about half way up from the bottom and followed up with lap siding the rest of the way. The current plan is to tie the colors in with the area of Hocking Hills, almost giving it a cabin feel. When it’s time to close up for the winter, or in the evenings, the pool will have rolling garage doors to lock up.

Once you walk inside you’ll be greeted by attendants at the front desk and be required to go through a gate to get to the pool deck. In the pool house there will be a concession stand, guardroom, manager’s office, the pump and chemical room with storage, bathrooms with shower stalls and a party room for patrons to rent out. This will more than likely be used for the city recreation department year-round as well.

Currently, the recreation department has to find places to go when they hold signups, especially when it’s cold or raining. This will allow them to use the party room year-round with heating and air conditioning.

Two options of a family restroom have been given and not yet set in stone. One of the options is to have the family restroom accessible only through the party room and the other allows access from the pool deck.

On the outside of the building from the pool deck will be lockers patrons, but the city is still working on details of how those will be used or if they must be paid for.

The main entrance to the pool will be a zero-depth entry and along one side will be a railing, making it ADA accessible. This is one of two ADA compliant additions the pool is required to have. The second will most likely be a battery powered lift chair that can be taken out during the winter months.

The center of the zero-depth entry will have a large play structure with a slide, spray features for children to play with, along with a water bucket above that will dump when it’s full. A standing spray feature will be to the right of the entryway beside the other play feature. This spray feature will create somewhat of an umbrella of water from the center.

Separating these spray features from the railing along the zero-depth entry will be a two to three-foot wall extending out so that smaller toddlers can be contained in one area.

Moving deeper into the water, you’re connected to the slide well and lap pool with two diving boards in the diving well. The blue slide the pool currently has will be reused since it’s not very old and placed in the other half of the lap pool.

The second slide will be an open top and to the left of the bathrooms, standing 23 feet tall and roughly 100 feet long with three loops. Close to this slide well will be a bubble bench — not heated — but the bench will have jets and an umbrella to sit under while adults watch their children.

Since there will no longer need to be a building in the back of the pool for the pumps and chemicals, the parking lot will be shifting to the rear of the pool area with roughly 11 parking spots. The front of the pool will have two handicap parking spaces so patrons have easy access to the ramp.

The items that are not included with the construction of the new pool, like lounge chairs and the concession stand accessories will have to be purchased by the city, which is where the Friends of the Logan Pool Committee will try and help raise money.

Although, Maniskas, the vice president of the committee, stated the funds raised by the Friends of the Logan Pool Committee are used for incurred loss throughout the summer from weather related issues.

“We cover the loss so the city doesn’t have to take that loss… that’s one of the main things the Friends of the Logan Pool does to keep the pool open by covering any loss that the city takes,” shared Maniskas.

According to Maniskas, the design for the future pool hasn’t changed much from the original plan of what the community wanted. Around election season they held multiple meetings to discuss with the community what they desired in the pool plans and tried to make them happen.

On top of community surveying and outreach, there was a study conducted to calculate the average attendance, the size of the pool, and cost compared to other pools similar in size. Based off the area surveyed, the 2017 population indicated an average of 283 users per day. The average for the new pool, based off of two different methods, is estimated to be 298 people per day and drawing roughly 22,640 visitors per season.

The study further states the average operating expense for a municipal pool in Ohio is $0.80 per gallon. Therefore, the proposed new pool would have approximately 120,000 gallons, with the anticipation of operating expenses to be $96,000.

The Logan Daily News reached out to the Logan City Auditor, but unfortunately was unable to get a financial report as of press time. Additionally, the team developing the pool has yet to figure out how much they will need to charge for entrance given the amount of employees and costs they’ll have to keep up with.

The current pool season is underway and is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Signups for swim lessons start Monday, June 10. Cost is $35 per child for eight half-hour sessions. Call to sign up at 740-603-3875 or stop by the pool during open hours.

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