Visalia City Council Sinks Aquatics Complex Proposal
Last updated 5/6/2022 at 3:32pm | View PDF
The City of Visalia will not be constructing the aquatics facility proposed by Councilmember Greg Collins anytime soon. His motion to place the proposal on the agenda of a future council meeting was defeated at the April 18th Visalia City Council meeting.
"On a 3-2 vote, the council voted not to put the item on a future agenda, which precludes any public input," said Collins. "At first when the vote was taken, I was in disbelief that the council would take a position that would not allow the public to weigh in on this. After awhile, my disbelief turned into being disgusted."
The council wanted other entities (Visalia Unified School District, Visalia Parks and Recreation, etc.) to participate in the funding of the project before making any commitment, according to Collins.
"But how can you expect participation when the council hasn't given the green light themselves?" he asked rhetorically.
Collins previously announced that California Water Service was willing to donate $500,000 over 10 years for the naming rights of the complex. He also reported finding supporters who would each pay $25,000 for the naming rights for each of the 20 racing lanes in the pool.
"We deal with this item on a routine basis – like about every six months – and I have not wavered in my position on the pool complex," said Mayor Steve Nelson, who opposed the motion. "I am in favor of a rec park kind of pool, which would be for swim lessons, senior aerobics in the water – a playpool kind of concept. I do think that is sorely needed in the City of Visalia, but I will share also that the city has a lot of projects on the books for this budget year."
The mayor cited several current projects, including the Eastside Regional Park, ponding basins, public safety and council chambers.
"I don't think this is an appropriate time to add anything to this year's budget," he said.