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By Lucas Walsh
Cheney Free Press 

Cheney water park updates


Last updated 2/9/2023 at 10:50am

CHENEY – Representatives of NAC Architecture presented two options for the renovation of the Cheney pool facility, one priced at $11 million, and the second at $13 million.

Following a Jan. 11 presentation to the Board of Park Commissioners, NAC completed the feasibility study and presented it to Council on Jan. 24.

An initial assessment of the existing Cheney pool facility, which is over 60 years old, revealed that it would require significant repairs due to non-functioning equipment and other factors.

Keith M. Comes, of NAC Architecture, said in the presentation that the facility received an evaluation score of 29.3 out of a possible 100, based on their score-sheet.

Brooke Hanley, of NAC Architecture, explained that they originally presented four renovation options to the parks board commissioners, based on their assessment of the facility.

Of the four options, the board asked NAC to further explore the latter two, comprehensive renovation and expansion, and an all-new pool house and facility.

These two options were further expanded on using information gathered from a community survey project and information provided through market research.

A financing options for these plans was provided by a bond specialist, D.A. Davidson. With voter approval, council issue a capital bond up to $13 million, financed over 25 years.

The impact to tax payers was found to be a maximum of $0.50 per $1,000 of property value over 25 years.

Option 1, which is the $11 million option, would include a 6-lane, 25 yard lap pool, a recreation pool, a lazy river with spay features, a drop-slide, and a new pool house.

Option 2, the $13 million option, adds a flume water slide, a climbing wall, a water walk, and a larger recreation pool.

Mayor Chris Grover said "This is just a progress report and there will be more to come in the future."

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