Sioux Center possible aquatic center addition

A design concept shows possible enhancements to the outdoor pool area at the All Seasons Center in Sioux Center, Iowa. The city council on Monday voted to proceed with a final design of the $6 million project.

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa | A major modernization of the existing Sioux Center, Iowa, swimming pool could be coming.

Roughly $6 million in new elements are under consideration. The City Council at a meeting Thursday meeting saw plans as part of ongoing discussions about enhancing the outdoor pool at the All Seasons Center, in the 700 block of Seventh Street Northeast.

“This project is part of supporting our growing community with great quality of life amenities," City Manager Scott Wynja said.

Wynja said the designs prepared by Waters Edge Aquatic Design showed features that people will see as fun additions, including a lazy river, variety of water slides, diving boards, mini-zip line and climbing wall. Wynja said the time is at hand for additions, since the existing pool is 14 years old.

"Based on feedback from the public over the last several years, we want to consider adding some amenities for our growing community and improving aquatic recreational options for a wide range of ages,” he said.

Public input from previous surveys and the development of Sioux Center’s parks master plan helped direct city planners in drafting pool enhancement ideas.

Many Siouxland communities have sought to make pools more modern through additions beyond having a simple rectangular swimming area.

At the next Sioux Center City Council meeting on Nov. 6, members will review an aquatic center final design from Waters Edge Aquatic Design. If the plans move forward, Wynja said bids could be sought by March 2018.

He said the best cost estimate at this point is $6 million or slightly above, once engineering costs are added to the construction pieces.

The goal is to add the pool pieces in advance of the full 2019 summer swimming season, which would be boosted if construction starts in 2018, Wynja said.

Sioux Center is a Sioux County city of about 7,100 residents.

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