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City pool partnership receives preliminary approval
Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Colorado Springs City Council gave unanimous, preliminary approval for an agreement with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to operate six City-owned aquatic facilities in Colorado Springs.  Final City Council vote on the funding to support thepartnership will take place at the Formal City Council Meeting on March 27.

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region will open the sites (including two recreation facilities) by Memorial Day Weekend.  While details and pricing structures are yet to be determined, the YMCA says its goal is to provide access to quality programs for everyone at an affordable rate.  Day passes for the city-owned pools and recreation centers will be available.  Membership opportunities to the recreation centers will also be offered and include reciprocal use of the six local YMCA facilities.  Current YMCA members will have reciprocal use of the two city-owned recreation centers.

“We are thrilled to partner with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to manage our swimming facilities for the next five years, pending final Council approval,” said Chief of Staff Laura Neumann.  “We appreciate the experience our partner brings to the table that will allow families to swim in beautiful City pools during hot, summer days and enjoy recreation facilities throughout the year.”

Added, YMCA President and CEO Dan Dummermuth: “This is a great day for our community!  We’re excited about this partnership with the City of Colorado Springs and the positive impact it will have on our citizens.  We look forward to strengthening the foundation of our community through programs that will serve people of all ages, interests and abilities.”

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.
  • Day passes for city-owned pools will be continued
  • 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.

Background:

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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