Will there be a new facility?
Yes. The new aquatic center is scheduled to open for the 2019 season!
Where will the new facility be located?
Oxford Community Park. This was decided in 2009 by City Council Resolution No. 4442, following a work session focused on the advantages and disadvantages of each location. The feasibility study completed in 2006 by Brandstetter-Carroll also proposed the Oxford Community Park as the best long-term location for this project.
Why can’t the pool stay at its current location?
The city only “owns” the portion of land the current pool sits on. (Note: The City does not own the TRI Community Center or any other facilities on the TRI grounds). Talawanda Recreation, Inc., the owner of the TRI facilities and property, has visions of future expansion of gymnasium space at the TRI Community Center, a very high demand need in Oxford, with the location over the current pool being the most desirable location for this expansion. While the TRI Board understands the intensity and cost of such a project, the board wishes to have that option available. The Board of Directors for the TRI foundation, whom agrees with Resolution No. 4442 in regards to the best location of the new aquatic center being at the Oxford Community Park, passed a vote in December 2017 recommending the new aquatic center not be constructed on the grounds of the TRI Community Center.
How will users access the new facility?
The community park has two main entrances from Fairfield Rd. and Brookville Rd. Additionally, there are sidewalks and marked bike lanes all the way to the park on Fairfield Rd., in addition to sidewalks and trails entering from neighborhoods southeast of the park. The master plan for the OATS recreational trail provides direct connectivity to the Oxford Community Park from multiple directions, and will deliver safe transportation alternatives to the new aquatic center. While the current location appears to be central in terms of the entire City, data charts, census reports and pool pass ‘mapping’ reflect a large percentage of the residential population, and those using the pool, live on the west side of Oxford, many within one mile of the community park. The Community Park is also adjacent to the Knolls Senior community and home to numerous local sporting activities.
What about the soccer fields at OCP?
The proposed park location was specifically chosen because it will have very little, if any, impact on the soccer fields at the park. This area consists of uneven, ungraded terrain not suitable for soccer fields, so it’s just simply open grass field as it stands. The existing paved paths will be integrated into the overall design, and additional parking will be included. This location will greatly benefit soccer field users, as the plan is for concessions and restrooms of the new aquatic center to be accessible to sports spectators and players also (even during the offseason). Soccer field users currently do not have a shelter, restrooms (other than port-o-lets), drinking fountains or concessions on that section of fields.
Isn’t it cheaper to repair the old pool than to build a new one?
No. The design and layout of the current pool cannot be permanently repaired without an entire rebuild.
Why an “Aquatic Center” and not just a pool?
Aquatic centers, with amenities such as slides, lazy rivers and water features, attract a broader audience and provide excitement from toddlers to teens to seniors. There is something to do for everyone. Oxford Swim and Dive Team also serves a large population of swimmers. By creating a separate competition pool, there will be greater access to other amenities, rather than closing off the entire facility for swim practice and swim meets. Communities are building aquatic centers now more than ever, because they have more exciting features, draw larger crowds, and allow users to stay longer.
For other questions or more details, contact Casey Wooddell, Director of Parks and Recreation, at (513) 523-6314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.