Camas, WA — Following a detailed November 2017 inspection by the Clark County Public Health Department, it was determined that the Crown Park Pool in Camas would require more than $300,000 of significant repairs and equipment replacement to meet code requirements.
Given that information, the Camas City Council on January 2 opted to not open the pool this year.
City officials have been working with some proposed concepts with the Crown Park Master Plan, which was shown to the public last summer.
“We are planning on moving forward with something,” said Camas City Administrator, Pete Capell. “The pool is 60 years old and we’ve been discussing for some time replacement options. We’ve discussed a splash pad at Crown Park, and there’s the option to build a new pool at a different location. Possibly a community center with a pool, work out area, meeting rooms and the ability to host events.”
He noted a new state-of-the-art facility may be too expensive for Camas and Washougal — even if it was a joint venture.
”We can explore having a private partner in there that might be able to do something, so that’s also in the works,” said Capell.
The Camas City Council will address how to handle the issues with the Crown Park Pool at their Annual Planning Conference on January 26 and 27 at the Lacamas Lake Lodge. The meeting begins at 1 pm on January 26, and at 9 am on January 27. Those sessions are open to the public.
City Councilor Deanna Rusch said the full agenda for the two-day session will be available online by January 24. Visit www.cityofcamas.us for details.
“We know the pool is full of meaning and memories for our Camas community,” said the City of Camas on their website. “Our hope is to provide continued opportunities for summer outdoor fun, whether at Crown Park or elsewhere. Please stay tuned!”
City Councilor Bonnie Carter said the city does understand that citizens desire an aquatics facility of some sort.
“Council voted roughly 10 years ago to put repair funds into the pool, which extended its life expectancy,” said Carter. “The repair cost today is much more with no guarantee that we would get more than one summer. It was a tough decision not to open the pool this year but as one door closes, another opens, and I feel confident the plan to add a splash pad and amphitheatre will be a great addition to Crown Park. There may be an opportunity to partner with another entity to build a pool, but that’s only talk at this point.”