The Redmond Area Park and Recreation District is asking residents to support a bond and levy on the May 21 election ballot for a new $40 million pool and recreation center.

The bond would collect 55 cents per $1,000 taxable assessed value to build the new facility. And the five-year levy would collect 19 cents per $1,000 taxable assessed value to cover the operating costs once the facility is open.

An owner of a home assessed at $200,000 would pay about $148 per year to support the bond and levy, according to the park district.

Katie Hammer, executive director of the park district, said Redmond needs a larger facility with more space and amenities to serve the growing community.

The Cascade Swim Center, the city’s lone public pool, 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.

“We still have the same facility that we had in 1979,” she said. “It lacks the modern amenities that our growing community could use.”

The new pool would feature lap swimming, a lazy river, water slide and accommodations for fitness and therapy classes. The new recreation center would include 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 be relocated to the new building.

The park district did a feasibility study in 2017 and asked residents what they wanted in a new recreational facility.

“The amenities they wanted are the amenities we are hoping to put in the facility,” she said.

That feedback helped shape the vision for the new building, which the park district plans to build directly north of Redmond High School on SW Rimrock Way, Hammer said. If that plan is unsuccessful, the park district intends to build the recreation facility on property it owns on SW 35th Street, Hammer said.

If both the bond and levy pass, designs plans would move forward and construction on the new facility would begin in the summer of 2020, according to the district. The new facility could open by spring of 2022.

If the bond passes, but the levy does not, the district would still start construction. The district would not need to use the levy funds until the facility is open, Hammer said.

“We have a couple of years until we would need that levy,” Hammer said. “We would build the building and continue to seek funding for the operating levy.”

If the levy passes, and the bond does not, the district would entirely scrap its plans. The levy is expected to raise at total of $4.1 million by 2024, but those funds would not be necessary if there is no bond to build the $40 million facility, Hammer said.

— Reporter: 541-617-7820, kspurr@bendbulletin.com

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected. The original version misstated the total tax liability of the bond and levy. The Bulletin regrets the error.

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