Why is there no plan for a warm water therapy pool? (92 to 94 degrees) for our large growing disabled & aging population. Warm water is the only swimming option for those with muscular & mobility issues. We were told this improvement was being made at Echo Hollow. Current there is only 1 warm H20 pool in the county way out in South Eugene. It is 60+ yrs old & is in constant disrepair & in danger of shutdown to to funding issues.
Thank you for your question. Due to the limited indoor space
at Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center, we unfortunately were never able to
consider a warm water pool as part of the renovations. We do hope that upcoming renovations at Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center might be able to include a warm water pool. We will be holding Sheldon Pool public engagement sessions next month and this will be one of the potential enhancements that is discussed.
Why would you blow money on locker rooms, a solar array, a grassy area, and "building improvements"? We dont care about that garbage! We care about year round fun for kids and a lazy river pool. You should have known nearby residents have disabilities that need to swim. Who decided to add more sein lanes? That's the biggest waste of money I've ever heard of! A splash pad would be better than a grassy area. How much will the solar array cost? And for the record, I WAS signed up to be notified of new projects via the community engagement signup feature on your site, but I was NEVER notified of any early planning stages or input opportunities. One thing I will guarantee you, is that I will PERSONALLY be collecting input via targeted surveys across all of Bethel and Sheldon. That way, if you pull this crap on the Sheldon process, you'll have to face me and our community... building upgrades??? To benefit who? The staff?? Lol. You gotta be kidding me! I cant believe you people failed so hard. I might as well go back to Portland. Pull this crap at Sheldon and be prepared to be featured on the local news. You better remember who is paying for these upgrades!
Thank you for your feedback on the Echo Hollow Pool
expansion. We are sorry to learn that you did not hear about our community
feedback sessions that were held on March 13, 2019 and October 16, 2019. These
meetings were publicized through our Eugene Rec e-newsletter list (signup
available at getrec.org), our Eugene Rec and Echo Hollow Pool Facebook pages,
direct communication with pool patrons and local swim teams, and media outreach
that resulted in TV coverage of the events. We also collected community
feedback through an online survey in March 2019, publicized through these same
channels. We received significant input from community members throughout the
process, including residents with disabilities.
The decisions surrounding the addition of pool lanes and the
rec pool were made in response to community input regarding functionality and
versatility of the pool spaces to allow for as many programming uses of the
pools as possible. These uses include lap swim, competitive swim, fitness
programs, swim lessons and a seasonal recreation pool with spray water
Regarding your inquiry about the nature of the building
improvements, solar array and locker rooms:
- The Solar Array is
incorporated into the project because of an Oregon State Law that requires
public entities spend 1.5% of public building construction costs on green
energy technology (ORS 279C.527) for major renovations.
- The locker room upgrade
is a result of the code requirements for the numbers of fixtures (sinks,
toilets, showers). We are adding pool space with the addition of a
recreation pool and additional lap lanes, which by code, requires
additional fixtures due to the increased occupant loads.
- Building upgrades are
necessary to replace systems at the end of their lifecycle that are very
old and risk failure without renovation, as well as to address energy
efficiency issues and meet energy code requirements. Echo Hollow Pool
is nearly 50 years old, and we must ensure it can continue to serve the
community for years to come. These upgrades include energy efficient
lighting, plumbing replacements, pool equipment replacements for indoor
pool and new equipment to support the additional pool area added
outside. The lobby space addition is included to increase safety and
visibility for staff members at the front desk, and to allow additional
family change rooms to be built and accessed from the travel path between
the front door and pool deck (where staff offices and desk are currently
The final designs have been completed and are currently
being incorporated into the construction bidding process, so unfortunately
there is no longer opportunity for additional public input into the design. We
will begin the public input process for renovations at Sheldon Pool in early