Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 25, 2016
October 25, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #45

North County Aquatic Facility


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Charlie Hunsicker / Director / x6001

Danny Hopkins / Recreation Division Manager / x6005

Action Requested

Approve staff recommendation to locate the North County Aquatics Center at Buffalo Creek Park and return with a conceptual plan for development.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
FS 125

Background Discussion

Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department operates three public swimming pools and two stand-alone splash pads.

  • G.T. Bray Aquatic Complex - Year round operations
  • John H. Marble Pool - Year round operations beginning FY 2017
  • Willie J. "Bro" Clemons, Jr. Aquatic Center - Seasonal operations
  • Pride Community Park Splash Pad - Seasonal operations
  • Lincoln Community Park Splash Pad - Seasonal operations

The popularity of these assets has resulted in a number of challenges in providing quality recreation programming.  Currently the three swimming pools service:

  • 8 - High School Swim Team Programs
  • Age Group Swim Teams
  • Visiting College and International Swim Teams
  • Swim Lessons
  • Rental Programs
  • A variety of other activities

Each year, thousands of residents and visitors enjoy these facilities.  Over the past two years, modifications to these facilities have been made to provide for maximum use.  Portable bulkheads at the G.T. Bray facility have increased competitive / lab swim lanes.  The Board of County Commissioners has approved capital and operating funds to convert the John H. Marble Pool to a year round operation.

Currently there is not a County operated public swimming pool north of the Manatee River.  This creates a barrier to access for many county residents to quality aquatic programming to include drown prevention, learn to swim, and competitive and recreational swim programs.  Our current level of service notes a deficiency in public swimming pools.  Currently this is an approved project in the CIP.  The first step to move this project forward is to select a site.

Staff is recommending the Buffalo Creek Park as the site for this Aquatic Facility project.  The benefits of the site are as follows:

  • The ability to use Parks Impact Fees for the construction of the Aquatic Facility.  Impact Fees are required to directly benefit the developments that paid the fee.
  • Cost savings will come in the form of the ability to use existing access, parking, and utilities.
  • Adjacent park amenities provides for a full park and recreation experience.
  • The site is located adjacent to public school facilities.
  • The soon to be constructed bridge over the Manatee River will provide more convenient access to a public swimming pool for many East County residents.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

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Reviewing Attorney

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