Port Townsend considers new pool; may cost up to $52M
Washington State — Port Townsend presented a preliminary estimate of the cost of a new pool and recreation center at a recent meeting. The estimate for the base option, a 34,000-square-foot facility, is $37.6 million, including $15.7 million for building construction and $3.9 million for site work. Contingency and soft costs make up the remainder of the price tag. The estimates for the three other options range from $41.3 million to $52.7 million, with construction costs ranging from $30.6 million to $39 million.
Public feedback at the open house indicated a preference for the Mountain View Commons site, a 3.9-acre plot that would accommodate the building footprint and parking. The proposed site is south of the existing pool.
The base plan for the facility includes a natatorium that features a lap/competition pool and a recreation pool, as well as a childcare/child watch room, birthday party room, classroom and teaching kitchen, locker room and changing rooms, administrative offices and a dry sauna. Option A includes a cardio-weight fitness room and multi-purpose group exercise room, while Option B includes a physical therapy space. Option C, the full buildout scenario, would include a gymnasium. Community feedback so far indicates a preference for a six-lane competition lap pool, followed by a warm water recreation pool.