|No decision yet on fate of closed Alicia and Ladybug pool sites
Back on May 26 of this year Rohnert Park’s City Council voted to close Alicia and Ladybug swimming pools, offer free weekend swimming at the other three pools and do a “community outreach” to find out what residents wanted to replace the two closed swimpools. The results of the survey were given to the city council at their Tuesday evening meeting.
The survey showed most respondents wanted aquatic playgrounds at both Alicia and Ladybug with group picnic areas second in popularity. Community gardens, skateboard parks, horseshoe and bocce courts trailed in that order.
The city council wasn’t exactly wild with enthusiasm about this survey. The reason was the lack of citizen participation in a series of public meetings held on July 8, 11 and 18 in three different sites. Two residents attended the July 8, five came July 11 and eight came July 18. At each meeting they watched a PowerPoint show and exhibits of recreation areas such as aquatic parks, in other cities. But the audience was outnumbered by city hall and rec department staffers.
“Not much information here,” said Councilman Joe Callinan Tuesday night. “We don’t have a full view of what people want. I’m nervous about making any decision.”
“We should have people here tonight,” said Councilwoman Pam Stafford noting the scant amount of people in council chambers. No one spoke from the audience.
“We should direct staff provide us specific suggestions,” said Councilman Jake Mackenzie.
Vice-Mayor Gina Belforte said, “Turning Alicia pool into an aquatic spray park would be very good for Rohnert Park.”
“We should look at anything new as a ‘revenue enhancement’ for the city as well as a benefit for the city at the same time,” said Mayor Amie Breeze.
She agreed with Mackenzie and the council by consensus (no vote was taken) tossed the future of the two closed pools to Interim City Manager Dan Schwarz.