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Eagle-Vail pool to cost $3.4 million

Sarah Mausolf
Eagle-Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – The new pool in Eagle-Vail will cost $3.4 million and should open for its first summer season in 2011, officials said.

R.A. Nelson in Eagle-Vail plans to start construction in April, project consultant Leah Mayer said.

Plans include a six-lane competition lap pool, along with a 40-by-18-foot kiddy pool with a waterfall, Mayer said. The new pool will stand adjacent to the tennis courts at the southeastern corner of Eagle Road and Eagle Drive.

The total price of the pool has dropped about $300,000 from an earlier estimate, said Mike Connolly, president of the Eagle-Vail Property Owners’ Association. Funding comes from a bond issue voters approved in November, along with $200,000 from a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, Connolly said.

During a joint meeting of property owners’ association and the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District this week, officials approved the price tag and authorized the contractor to begin construction.

“I think this is going to put Eagle-Vail back on the map as a good family friendly community,” Connolly said.

Officials also authorized Mayer to start a committee to study what, if any, work should be done at the Eagle-Vail pavilion and tennis building.

“We have saved about $300,000 on the cost of the pool,” Connolly said. “Can we use some of those funds to do some of those additional improvements to the tennis building or pavilion that weren’t contemplated before?”

Officials seemed to agree that the pavilion needs new windows, but they called for more discussion on what other work should be done. Some officials said more people would rent the pavilion if it was fixed up. However, metro distinct member Bob Finlay said that even if revenues triple, the pavilion still wouldn’t be a major source of profit for the community.

Mayer proposed doing a study of the pavilion’s acoustics for $1,800 and an energy audit for $850 to see how the building could be more efficient.

That idea drew some criticism from a resident in the audience.

“Don’t spend $800 just to know what we already know,” Eagle-Vail resident Karl Krueger said.

During the meeting, people threw out various ideas for how to attract more renters at the pavilion, such as adding a bar and fireplace. As for the tennis building, ideas ranged from fixing up the facade to turning part of it into an open-air trellis.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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