Swimming Pool Project

August 2020 Update - Presentation to the City Council

The City Council heard a presentation Tuesday, August 18, regarding a new swimming pool proposed to be located in Central Park. 

The full recording of the presentation, questions by council members and feedback from the public will be added here shortly. 

No vote was taken at this meeting and discussion will continue at a future meeting. 

The slides and supporting documentation are linked at the left and down below.

Project Background

La Vista’s existing swimming pool was built in the early 1960s and is nearing the end of its useful life. Over the years the City has made safety improvements and functional and cosmetic repairs to prolong its life. The City also brought forth two ballot initiatives to fund a new pool in its current location that were narrowly defeated in 2008 and 2012.

Despite the ballot results, surveys of residents have consistently shown the continued desire for a public swimming pool in La Vista, leading the City to seek alternative solutions.

In 2014, the City was approached by nonprofit corporation Nebraska Multisport Complex regarding the potential of a new community pool as a component of a state-of-the-art championship athletic complex to be developed northeast of Giles Road and Eastport Parkway. The City worked with the nonprofit to pursue this opportunity to the extent possible; however, the project has not materialized as planned.

In its current location, the swimming pool has become an obstacle to the to the timely construction of a pedestrian underpass, a core component of the Vision 84 plan envisioned to connect the east and west sides of the streets and provide a safe crossing.

The age, condition and location the swimming pool have made it necessary to explore other options and Central Park has emerged as a strong possibility for the facility because of its scenic and central location.