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Bettendorf’s plans for a new swimming pool complex, an ice rink and a transformed Life Fitness Center went out for public view and comment during an informational meeting Wednesday, Aug. 24. As residents gathered over two hours to see plans for $20 million in improvements to the city’s recreational facilities, they offered a range of questions and comments including:
- Will this mean my taxes will go up?
- Can YMCA members use the new facilities?
- Why does the city need a bigger swimming pool?
- This will be great for younger people, but what about senior programs?
- Fall: City council vote on the project and site development plan process.
- Winter 2022-23: Bid process.
- January 2023: Recreational center opens
- Spring 2023: Construction begins.
- Spring 2024: New water park opens.
- Water Park: It would provide more than 20,000 square feet of water recreation. Features would include: Activity pool with rock climbing wall, basketball, floatables, lap lanes and more; three-story slide tower with two-story tall FlyTyme Slide, raft/tube slide, open body slide, and speed slide; Splash deck with interactive play structure; 430-foot-long Lazy River. It will serve up to 1,500 people a day, compared to 700 people at Splash Landing. Estimates call for 100,000 visitors a year. There would be a daily admission for non-Y members. Plans call for the park to be owned by the city and operated by the YMCA. Estimated cost is $18.7 million
- Ice rink. This will provide outdoor winter recreational activities. More than 14,500 people visited Frozen Landing in the 2021-22 season. The proposed rink would be 70-by-176 feet. The current ice rink is 60-by-120 feet. Estimates call for 15,000 visitors a year. The rink would be owned and operated by the city. Estimated cost is $3 million.
- The Life Fitness Center would be sold to the YMCA to be turned into a youth programming focused fitness center with gymnastics and a child care center. The center is expected to host an Early Learning Center for 100 additional children; a gymnastics/ninja center; indoor recreational soccer and basketball programs; youth personal training center. With YMCA ownership, taxpayers could save about $250,000 a year in operational costs. The new center would continue to serve as a city emergency center, be open for city-run recreational programs in inclement weather, have an 18-month guarantee for indoor tennis players, and the YMCA joiner fee would be waived for all current fitness center members.