Cook County Steering Committee and architect fine tune aquatics area details
The Cook County Community Center Steering Committee met with
its architect and representatives of ORB Management once again on
Friday, August 24 to fine tune details before seeking bids on the
project that was estimated at $6,166,710 at the end of July.
There was considerable discussion regarding the proposed aquatics
center and some debate over the depth of the pool and the amenities
that could be included.
At previous steering committee meetings, the group talked about the
feasibility of having a diving board, something removed from the Grand
Marais Municipal Pool at the end of 2008, and a water slide. Wade Cole
of ORB and Architect Dan Miller of JLG Architects shared ideas on how
to get the most out of the aquatics area.
Miller reported that the geotechnical information from soil borings in
the proposed aquatics area had been received. He said the soil borings
show ledge rock at 8-foot depths in the tentative mechanical area at
the back of the pool area and at the back end of the pool itself. He
said the soil boring at the front end, west corner of the pool showed
ledge rock at 12 feet. To have a diving board, a depth of 12 feet 6
inches is needed.
Steering Committee Member and County Commissioner Sue Hakes urged her
fellow committee members to do what it takes to get enough depth for a
diving board. “God forbid we want that five or 10 years from now and
they say, ‘we can’t because these idiots didn’t make it deep enough,’”
The committee also discussed different types of water slides and
Steering Committee Member Jan Sivertson, a newly appointed
representative from the Grand Marais City Council, said she felt the
slide is important as a tourism draw. Commissioner Fritz Sobanja, also on the steering committee agreed. He
said, “When I was on the park board through the years, this is what
people asked for.”
After considerable discussion, a motion passed to have the architect
expand the perimeter of the pool and building to make the aquatics
area large enough to incorporate a diving board and a slide, knowing
it could be changed later. The motion passed by the nine steering
committee members present on a vote of five to four.