The bond and levy for a new $40 million pool and recreation center in Redmond appears to have failed, according to early returns in Tuesday’s special district election.
The bond to build the new facility was failing with 57% voting against it as of Tuesday night. The five-year levy was failing with 55% voting against it.
If passed, the bond would have collected 55 cents per $1,000 taxable assessed value to build the new facility.
And the five-year levy would have collected 19 cents per $1,000 taxable assessed value to cover the operating costs once the facility opened.
An owner of a home assessed at $200,000 would have paid about $148 per year to support the bond and levy.
The Redmond Area Park and Recreation District sought the bond and levy to build and maintain a larger facility with more space and amenities to serve the growing community.
The city’s lone public pool, Cascade Swim Center, opened in 1979 to accommodate a population of about 6,500. Today, the park district serves about 42,000 people in Redmond, Terrebonne, Crooked River Ranch, Eagle Crest and parts of Tumalo.
The new pool was designed to feature lap swimming, a lazy river, water slide and accommodations for fitness and therapy classes, according to the park district.
The new recreation center plan included a gymnasium with two courts, an indoor walking track, multipurpose rooms with cardio and weightlifting equipment and meeting rooms.
The park district administrative offices would also have also been relocated to the new building.
The park district planned to build the new facility directly north of Redmond High School on SW Rimrock Way, next to Cascade Swim Center. That is the location of Redmond School District’s bus barn, so the park district would have to do a land swap with the school district, giving away a chunk of land on the west side of town at SW 35th Street.
If the land swap fell through, the recreation center would have been built on 35th Street.
If the bond and levy passed, construction on the new facility would have begun in the summer of 2020, according to the park district.
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