Swimming Pool Project
La Vista’s existing swimming pool was built in the early 1960s and is nearing the end of its useful life. Over the years the City has made safety improvements and functional and cosmetic repairs to prolong its life. The City also brought forth two ballot initiatives to fund a new pool in its current location that were narrowly defeated in 2008 and 2012.
Despite the ballot results, surveys of residents have consistently shown the continued desire for a public swimming pool in La Vista, leading the City to seek alternative solutions.
In 2014, the City was approached by nonprofit corporation Nebraska Multisport Complex regarding the potential of a new community pool as a component of a state-of-the-art championship athletic complex to be developed northeast of Giles Road and Eastport Parkway. The City worked with the nonprofit to pursue this opportunity to the extent possible; however, the project has not materialized as planned.
In its current location, the swimming pool has become an obstacle to the to the timely construction of a pedestrian underpass, a core component of the Vision 84 plan envisioned to connect the east and west sides of the streets and provide a safe crossing.
The age, condition and location the swimming pool have made it necessary to explore other options and Central Park has emerged as a strong possibility for the facility because of its scenic and central location.
The City will host two public open houses to gather feedback on designs and amenities.
The first open house took place on Thursday, October 24, 6:30-8 p.m., at the La Vista Community Center (8116 Park View Boulevard).
The second and final open house will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Community Center. At this meeting we will share the results of the community feedback as well as conceptual designs in the proposed location of Central Park.
A formal recommendation to the City Council will be made in January.
All La Vista residents will be receiving a postcard invitation to both meetings.