June 29, 2016

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Avon community pool to open next year

An artist depicts the Avon Municipal Aquatic Facility, to open by Memorial Day next year. PHOTO PROVIDED

An artist depicts the Avon Municipal Aquatic Facility, to open by Memorial Day next year. PHOTO PROVIDED

AVON — Those flying out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport over Avon one day might notice the school’s mascot at the future Avon Municipal Aquatic Facility.

Officials from architectural and engineering firm Sixmo Inc., of Rocky River, recently released a conceptual design of the public pool that incorporates images of the Avon Eagles in two locations.

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said the community wants an outdoor public pool.

“We were just making sure we had everything in place so from a financial standpoint we didn’t have to go back to the taxpayers and ask for more money,” Jensen said. “The city is growing, the commercial park is growing and I think this is the next step in the community to solidify all the assets we have. This is the final piece.”

The pool will be located on city-owned land near the post office and police and fire stations. Jensen said part of the land in that area is earmarked for future construction of a City Hall.

“City Hall is not on my priority list, but it is something I would say is coming three or four years down the road,” Jensen said.

Jensen said funds for the $7.3 million project will come from a parks and recreation tax paid by those who work in the city. Site construction is slated to begin in September, with pool construction starting in October. City officials plan on opening the pool by Memorial Day weekend next year.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski. 

Pool costs

Site improvements: $2.6 million
Pool construction: $2.4 million
Building construction: $1.1 million
10 percent contingency: $625,088
Fees, permits, inspections: $470,000
Total: $7.3 million

About Jon Wysochanski

Jon Wysochanski is a reporter for the Chronicle-Telegram covering Avon, Avon Lake, Sheffield Village and Sheffield Lake. He can be reached at 329-7123 or JWysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter.