August 7, 2008 in Voices

Witter redesign plan ready

Plans retain facility as outdoor swimming pool
By The Spokesman-Review
Courtesy of Spokane Parks photo

Each of Spokane’s six planned new swimming pools was custom designed in a collaboration involving neighborhood residents. Courtesy of Spokane Parks
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A newly designed swimming pool to replace the existing Witter Pool at the current site over the next year will serve as Spokane’s only outdoor competition pool with 50-meter lap lanes.

But it will also have a smaller, secondary pool that will include a geyser and beachlike entry to appeal to neighborhood kids and families. A 14-foot water slide is listed as an alternative to the project.

The design was developed through a collaborative process involving neighborhood residents, competition groups, city officials and designers. ALSC Architects, of Spokane, is completing the design work. Construction is expected to start later this year with completion in time for summer next year.

The larger pool will have eight competition lanes with starting blocks and two 1-meter diving boards. Swimmers can also do 25-meter laps from side to side in the larger pool.

The smaller pool could be used for lap swimming, too, with three 60-foot lanes. A new bath house is planned.

Spokane voters last year approved a $42.9 million bond issue for six pools, smaller spray features and other park improvements. Of the total funding, $28.8 million is being spent on pools, including an extra $2 million to make Witter Pool a competition venue.

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