Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shawnee County Schedules Public Forum on Southwest Aquatic Facility

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Shawnee County Schedules Public Forum on Southwest Aquatic Facility

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Shawnee County will hold a forum to solicit public input regarding potentially building an aquatic center in southwest Topeka or southwest Shawnee County, county commissioners decided Thursday.

The commission also voted to express its intent to issue bonds for a project to build and equip a west Topeka transitional health care facility, and learned that the county has received no response to a contract proposal it made to the Topeka Roadrunners that would keep the hockey team in Topeka.

Commissioners Kevin Cook, Shelly Buhler and Bob Archer voted 3-0 to authorize the aquatic facility forum to be held at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at Crestview Community Center, 4801 S.W. Shunga Drive.

Getting a swimming facility back in southwest Topeka or southwest Shawnee County has been an issue since Crestview Pool was closed in spring 2013.

Commissioners on Feb. 12 voted 2-1, with Buhler dissenting, to seek bids from companies interested in providing professional design services to develop an estimated $8 million aquatic park, potentially on land the county owns just south of Topeka Fire Station No. 12, 2101 S.W. Urish Road.

Commissioners heard in a presentation Thursday that the parks and recreation department has since looked into other potential sites that include the county-owned Crestview Park/Felker Park; properties owned by Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 in the areas of S.W. 29th and Auburn Road and S.W. 33rd and Urish Road; and Auburn City Park in Auburn.

James Lee, Melvin Schuette and Brenda Schuette of the Topeka Control Line Association asked commissioners not to build the aquatic center on the site of a control-line aircraft flying site that organization maintains at the proposed location on Urish.

Commissioners also voted 3-0 to approve a resolution linked to a proposed project to build and equip a transitional health care facility on more than 10 acres located on S.W. 6th Ave., just west of Hollywood 14 Movie Theatres, 6200 S. …

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