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Park Improvements

November 6th Public Comments and Feedback

Thank you to everyone that joined MSA Professional Services at the Evansville Community School District's Jack O Lantern Jamboree on November 6th at JC McKenna Middle School.  

October 28th Public Open House

MSA Professional Services and the City of Evansville held a Public Open House at Creekside Place on October 28th, a recording of the presentation is below.  Please review the concepts and submit comments on the proposals at the bottom of this page.

Project Overview and Summary

The Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center at Leonard-Leota Park was originally constructed in 1958, with a zero-depth entry added in 2015. A conditions assesment, completed in 2017, identified major repair and update needs. COVID-19 concerns, as well as a needed repair to a large leak in the main tub prevented the pool from opening in 2020.  Another major repair of the tub became necessary in 2021. A sonar test revealed a small void below the main tub, likely caused by wash out of soils and heavy leaking at the tub seams. The city proceded with temporary repairs, resulting in opening the pool in June of 2021.

West Side Park was created as part of adjacent subdivision developers dedicating land. Initial improvements in 2007 were followed by 2015 land dedications doubling the size of the park. A 2017 Ad-Hoc committee was created to discuss goals of possible park expansion and strategies for development. The following year the City commissioned the West Side Park Development Plan & Cost Estimates to bring the ad-hoc committee's discussions into a more defined concept with a better understanding of facility costs. 

Common Council approved advisory referendum questions for the November 2020 ballot. (2020 was highlighted as an important year to get public input on the pool and park because of the predicted high voter turn-out.)  The advisory referendum results included 58% of the vote selecting Options 1 and 2 to construct a new aquatic center, splashpad, and build-out west side park. 42% of the vote selected Option 3, to take no action on the facilities. 

The Common Council approved an RFP to solicit potential design firms to assist in the design and consntruction of the project in February of 2021.  The expected project cost is $10.9 Million, including anticipated fundraising of 1.5 Million. This budget reflects the prgoram outlined in Option 1 od the referndum and was a lower total cost then Option 2.  After interviewing the responding firms, MSA Professional Services was selected in June of 2021. A fundraising consultant was also selected in August to advise on the feasbility of raising 1.5 million.

MSA professional service has prepared design concepts and gathered feedback in October and November of 2021 through a open house, school event, and online comment form. The results of the public comments will be compiled for the city to review in November of 2021. 

Project Progress Updates from MSA

Stakeholder Notes       September 2021          Open House Flyer     Comment Flyer

Stakeholder Notes                 

West Side Park Concepts

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Concept A  

Aquatic Center Concepts

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Leonard-Leota Splash Pad Concepts

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Park Improvements Comment Form (closed November 14th):



The Plan is an expression of the city's goals, future needs, and demand for facilities.

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