In 2013 the City completed a Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The recommendations included the development of an Outdoor Family Aquatic Center. In the fall of 2016 the Parks & Recreation Department decided to take one more step towards that development by contracting with Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. to perform an Outdoor Family Aquatic Center Feasibility Study.
The population of North Ridgeville is estimated to be 33,436 as of the July 1, 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report and growing rapidly. Through a demographic analysis, citizen engagement, and size methodology assessment, it was determined that the community could support an Outdoor Family Aquatic Center with 13,500 square feet of water surface on five acres of land. The anticipated annual attendance is 67,000 people.
The City owns just over 17 acres of land immediately east of the North Ridgeville Branch Library and City Hall complex. This is near the geographic center of the City and directly across from South Central Park. This site is ideal for the proposed outdoor family aquatic center in its size, location, and familiarity to the community.
The facility will include a 6-lane, 25-meter lap pool, and activity pool with zero-depth entry access and interactive play elements, two large water slides and a lazy river. Support facilities include a pool house with restrooms, concession, a party room as well as adequate parking areas. The space will be used by the Parks & Recreation Department to program swim classes for tot, youth, adult and senior populations along with special events for all ages. The proposed size includes 13,500 square feet of water surface area with 40,500 square feet of deck and grass areas. The total space needed including parking, access and open space is approximately five acres.
The total project cost for development of this facility is $5,000,000. Annual expenses are estimated at $385,000 with annual revenues estimated at $435,000. The facility will be funded through a bond issue that will appear on the ballot Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Issue 31 is a .45 mill levy that with a successful passage will cost a homeowner of a $100,000 valuation $15.75 a year.
For more information about the proposed outdoor family aquatic center please visit nridgeville.org/parksandrec
to view the feasibility study.