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Hal Moe Pool site up for change
SNOHOMISH — Plans to demolish and redevelop the Hal Moe Pool site and its structural “bones” are in the works based on responses to a parks planning survey of residents.
During a July 15 Parks and City Council workshop, city officials discussed the long range Parks and Trails plan update for 2015 and what the city’s priorities for park spending will be for next year. 
A combination of a telephone survey conducted for the city along with online polling at the city’s Imagine Snohomish website, presentations to 11 community organizations and paper mail-in surveys and face-to-face conversations revealed what residents say they think is most important for city parks.
The No. 1 focus local folks wanted to see was greater focus on parks maintenance. Another high-ranking issue was the city doing something with the Hal Moe Pool site at the corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue.
According to the long-range parks plan memo by city project manager Ann Stanton, the city has $150,000 budgeted for the 2015 budget Capital Improvement Plan to do something with the pool site. The money will not cover the entire redevelopment, but city staff said it will help get the preliminary planning, such as demolition, started.
“We don’t have a master plan, but we do have confirmation (from Council) that yes, it’s a priority, and the citizens see it as a priority,” public works director Steve Schuller said. “So staff is looking at what we can do. Nothing has been decided yet, so just in general, there is guidance to begin looking into it.”
The survey results also revealed feedback on what could be done with the “bones” of the site, such as an outdoor community meeting site or a farmers market. Other suggestions range from a teen center, or dog park to a bowling alley.
Schuller said the outdoor meeting site ranked very high in citizens’ priorities for the long-range Parks plan update.
The question of keeping the building with the Hal Moe Pool is also on the table.
“The 25-year-old building is severely damaged by mold and decay, does not represent the city’s historic character or contain significant architectural detail,” a staff memo on the pool site said. “There is a remaining question whether we should attempt to salvage the structural wooden beams for re-use.”
The Snohomish School District stopped using it as a pool because of that damage about 10 years ago.
The city bought the site back from the school district last year for $1. The city sold it to Snohomish schools for a single greenback in 1989.
The memo also detailed that the preliminary planning process to determine the site’s use could help inform this choice.
Preliminary cost determinations state the demolition should be around $100,000, and another $50,000 is recommended in order to conduct the public involvement process and get design concepts in development.
Other projects on the city’s parks planning list were the Interurban Trail, Stocker Property, a new park at 2000 Ludwig Road, the Riverview Wildlife Refuge, sidewalks and demolishing the city-owned house at 1103 Maple Ave.
Residents were asked about these project ideas in the survey.
The three highest-ranking projects that are supported by residents are to extend riverfront trail east to Lincoln Avenue, redevelop Hal Moe Pool site and extend and upgrade the Interurban Trail.

 

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