UP Pool to Get Updates…and a Mascot?

Changes are coming to the UP pool, and that may include the appearance of a shark–yes a shark!

At the UP City Council meeting on Feb. 2, two agenda items were approved, indicating some interesting developments for the Holmes Aquatic Center.

As part of a rebranding and programming effort for the Holmes Aquatic Center, UP Parks and Rec wants to incorporate a mascot — apparently a costume will be involved. So will pool-goers be seeing a six-foot great white or hammerhead walking around this summer?

These efforts would also include a small, moveable children’s slide, a radio station, and the purchase of a Wibit (yes, we had to Google what that was too).

According to parks director Gerry Bradley, the pool also would raise the fees for swim lessons from $100 to $150 for eight sessions.

According to an agenda memo from Bradley to the council, “For the past year, staff has been working with various committees and architects regarding a facility master plan for the Holmes Aquatic Center.”

Bradley presented the proposed renovations to the council, which would include updates to the buildings, new pool entry, and pool deck expansions.

After the presentation, the council approved $124,500 to fund designs for the project by Davis & Davis Inc. The designs will be presented no later than June, Bradley said.

According to city spokesman Steve Mace, “The city will proactively seek input from stakeholders/neighbors before moving on to the next stage.”

Pool Master Plan 2016

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