Camas eyes bond for building a center


first_imgCamas residents have talked for decades about wanting a community center. At a Monday workshop, city councilors discussed putting the fate of funding a center in the hands of those residents.Councilors directed staff on Monday to prepare information about possibly running a general obligation bond on the ballot in November to fund construction of a community center with a pool. A few councilors said at the workshop that the city has momentum to turn to voters right now, because the idea has been heavily discussed in recent months — the historic Crown Park pool was demolished in March. It closed after the summer of 2017, and residents have since tried to save the pool or find other water-related activities.“If we can’t get a community center and a pool through at this point, I don’t know when we’d be able to do it,” Mayor Shannon Turk said at the workshop. “I’ve gotten that sense from a few council members.”City Administrator Pete Capell said staff will study city-owned property off of Lake Road across the street from the entrance to Heritage Park for the possible location for the center. The 6 1/2 -acre site was listed as the favorite among three sites included on a feasibility study the city commissioned in 2001.Capell said the project would likely be broken down into four phases. The first phase would include a recreational pool, locker rooms, an administrative space, and multi-purpose rooms that could be used for group classes and exercise. The estimated price tag on that phase would be about $30 million, which is probably what the general obligation bond would ask for, he said.last_img read more