Firm unveils findings on Bozeman aquatics, recreation facility study


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The architects tasked with examining Bozeman's need for an aquatics and recreation facility released their findings to the public Tuesday night

The group presented three options to folks attending the meeting.

In the first one, the Bogert Pool facility would be completely renovated and remodeled.  Plans included relocating buildings and constructing new splash decks and swimming areas.

Another idea was to update the city's swim center.  One plan would lengthen the pool by as much as 10 feet.

The final idea was to build a new recreation facility with indoor swimming and athletic centers.

Costs for the plans ranged from several million dollars to more than $26 million.

Master swimmer Michael Dougherty told us he thinks the city's aging aquatic facilities need an update, "the usage is really high so we pretty much need new facilities to keep up with the growth of the swimming organizations in town."

Bozeman resident Susan Bilo says she came see if any energy saving and green technology was considered. "I am hoping that the city will play a proactive role and take advantage of this opportunity and build this building as sustainably as possible because swim centers inherently use a lot of energy," Bilo said.

About 50 people showed up to see the presentation.

The architects say the next step is to make a similar presentation to the Bozeman City Commission. 

They hope to do that before the end of the year.

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