Assembly to consider grant for pool

Posted: Monday, September 01, 2008

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly will hold a special meeting Tuesday to authorize a grant proposal to the Rasmuson Foundation for additional amenities at the Dimond Park pool.

The $19.8 million Dimond Park Aquatic Center was approved by voters in October. The 34,000-square-foot building is being designed to include a six-lane lap pool, a recreational pool, locker rooms, family changing rooms and a water slide.

The grant application will request up to $1.5 million to support two additional components of the project - a therapeutic resistance channel and ground source heat pumps.

The resistance channel would be used to treat injuries and arthritis, as well as for aerobic exercise, according to the resolution.

The pumps would be used to heat the pool water and building with geothermal energy.

The grant must be submitted by Sept. 5.

The city plans to submit an additional grant later this month to the Alaska Energy Authority for the balance of the $1.5 million geothermal system, which would save an estimated $160,000 to $190,000 annually in electric bills.

The special meeting is set for 6 p.m. at City Hall.

A joint worksession with the Planning Commission to discuss a draft version of the Comprehensive Plan will follow the special meeting.

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