Amidst a lot of chatter about the pool, let’s clarify what’s true.
FACT: The pool is past its lifespan. As a result, the Broad Ripple Park Master Plan calls for its replacement with another aquatic facility (TBD) when that phase of the plan is financed and implemented. There is no funding or timeline for that currently.
FACT: There is no plan to close the existing pool. The only reason the pool would not be in use is a) a serious maintenance issue or b) the implementation of the next phase of the plan for that space (as noted above). Spending tax dollars on any costly maintenance issue would be imprudent as the pool is beyond its lifespan.
FACT: This week, the MDC transferred the parcel containing the BRP Family Center to DMD. This was a routine procedure that allows the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) to go forward with the redevelopment of the Family Center. The pool was not included whatsoever in that process. Included is a picture of the parcel that was transferred (the pool is located outside that parcel).
DMD, in coordination with Indy Parks and Recreation, will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the express purpose of demolition of the existing family center and the development of a new family center to incorporate both park and healthcare activities within Broad Ripple Park as outlined in the Broad Ripple Park Master Plan. NOTE: This does not include the pool, and the pool is not a part of this project.
DMD will follow a standard process for receiving and reviewing submitted proposals. The RFP will be release today (January 17) and will be open for approximately 30 days. The Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC) will receive the proposals, and turn them over to City staff for review. The City has created a review committee to evaluate all submitted proposals, and the review committee includes members of Parks and DMD staff, as well as neighborhood organizational leadership (to ensure that the neighborhood stakeholders are at the table, represented, and integrated into the process). Once all respondents have been reviewed/interviewed, the selected respondent will be presented by DMD to the MDC at a public hearing.
In addition, Director Broadfoot announced January 16 that IndyParks has launched their Summer Jobs program and is currently hiring summer lifeguards. They need lifeguards for Broad Ripple Park, and she’s worried that misinformation (e.g. reports that the pool is closing) may negatively impact Parks ability to attract lifeguards to Broad Ripple Park. Staffing the pool has been a continuous challenge, so please share this information with potential lifeguards. https://www.indy.gov/activity/parks-summer-job-opportunities
|Release RFP||January 17, 2019|
|Pre-proposal meeting||January 24, 2019 10:00 am EST|
|Bidder Questions due||February 1, 2019, 5:00 pm EST|
|RFP responses due||February 19, 2019, 5:00 pm EST|
|RFP responses opened||February 21, 2019|
|MDC hears review committee recommendation||March 20, 2019 (Tentatively)|