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Proposal for a new City pool operator to be presented to City Council on March 12
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

At the Colorado Springs City Council meeting on March 12, the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department will present the details of a proposed agreement with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to operate six City-owned aquatic facilities in Colorado Springs.  City Council will vote on the funding to support theproposed partnership at their Formal City Council Meeting on March 13.

“We are thrilled with the potentialof a partnership with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region moving forward with City Council’s approval,” says City Chief of Staff Laura Neumann. “The City has a great history of working with the YMCA, and we optimistically look forward to being able to open our swimming pools again for the benefit of our entire community.”

The YMCA is a national leader in aquatic management and innovative programming for all ages, interests and abilities.  The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region has served this community for 134 years and continually responds to the changing needs of individuals and families.

“We believe this partnership with the city will enhance the overall quality of life and ease the burden of government,” said Dan Dummermuth, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.  “The YMCA strengthens the foundation of our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility."                 

Proposed agreement highlights:

  • Target date for finalized agreement:  April 5, 2012
    • 5-year agreement
  • Target pool opening: May 28, 2012
  • Aquatics facilities included in the agreement:
    • Cottonwood Creek Recreation Center,
    • Aquatics and Fitness Center at Memorial Park,
    • Portal Pool, Wilson Ranch Pool,
    • Monument Valley Pool, and
    • Prospect Lake Beach.
      • The only City facility not being considered is Valley Hi outdoor pool due to its proximity to the Southeast YMCA, the Aquatics and Fitness Center at Memorial Park and the Prospect Lake Beach.
  • City will maintain ownership of all sites
  • YMCA will manage and operate the City’s aquatic facilities including all programming.
  • YMCA will apply its operating policies and provide an affordable rate structure across all sites, as well as financial assistance when needed
  • All YMCA centers and City recreation centers will offer reciprocal use of facilities through membership.
  • Non-membership day passes for pools will be continued; however, a reduced rate will be available to members
  • YMCA will be responsible for operating income and expenses;
    • Should there be a year-end short fall; the City will subsidize the YMCA to the point of a break-even status.
    • Should the YMCA realize excess revenue at year-end, those funds will be shared between both parties.
  • 2012 City budget supplemental appropriation request = $425,000
    • Based on estimated operating expenses minus revenues for each site.
    • Should revenues come in higher than budgeted, or expenses lower than anticipated, the subsidy amount will be appropriately reduced.

The City currently operates the Cottonwood Creek Recreation Center.  The Aquatics and Fitness Center at Memorial Park, Portal Pool and Wilson Ranch Pool had been turned over to an outside contractor in early 2010.  That contract was terminated and those pools are currently closed.  The remaining aquatic facilities – Monument Valley, Prospect Lake beach/bath house, and Valley Hi – have been closed since the beginning of 2010, when the Parks Department’s budget was significantly reduced.

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