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14 responses to “Como Park swimming pool design”

  1. Sally Worku

    This is a terrific web site. I had no idea about all theinformation available from ARTiFactor or comopark.us, had missed Don G. presentation andnow have a clearer idea about Beulah and Jessamine. Thank you for this cool and informative site!

    Given that picnikers were using the pool lot, where is it expected they will now be parking?

    The bicycle path across McMurray fields from Hamline to Lexington is more than a 1/2 mile distance or 15 minute walk.

  2. Colia Ceisel

    I like the design. I also live in the neighborhood. I can imagine everyone in my family, from the toddler grandchild to myself enjoying some part of the complex.

  3. G Strom

    With this design, Como Park will become even more overbuilt with man made amenities. Too many parking lots, too much traffic, too much pollution.

    Why can’t we just have open green space?

    Spend the money to add back in the trees that were destroyed with the recent storms instead of replacing a pool that was rarely utilized.

  4. B Tempas

    As a resident of Como Park now for 19 years, and witness to the dangerous and confusing congestion along Horton Avenue, it just seems incomprehensible that the City continues to push up the population of this once tolerable regional park. That being said, I am honestly trying to see the design logic behind the presented master plan, but it just does not add up – anywhere. The pool is available only from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If the weather is perfect(not in Minnesota) then the number of usable days is not even 100 in a given year.

    The presented design diagrams lack any semblence of professional architectural or aquatic design organization. A typical Schematic level design would show more information then the preliminary diagrams that are shown. In addition, there still remains a concern for the fees to be charged once this “water park” is complete. Como Park has a 60 year history of offering affordable activities to it’s citizens, and now we will see the costs go up, and the common citizen get shoved aside. I agree with the previous St Paul resident – don’t install astro turf softball fields, don’t relocate the tennis courts to the soccer parking area (removing dozens of trees), don’t create a mega water complex that will be used 80 times a year, don’t reroute Jessamine to eat up the entire Lexington frontage of what was a green tree filled area, don’t mess up the park again. This is not a sustainable idea, it will only serve to reduce the open and friendly quality of the park. Let’s try to be green this time around, we are running out of space.

  5. Dale Schmidt and Family/Neighbors

    I am writing as a member of the Como Park Neighborhood and wish to express an objection to this project that will transform the quiet and historical park that is already busy to a point of causing noise, traffic and crime issues for those of us living here. We cannot drive down most of the streets closest to Lexington, Horton, Hamline, Como etc on nice warm days without heavy traffic from cars, pedestrians and bikers etc. This is a gorgeous park based on historical features that cannot be duplicated but only ruined by the scale and type of development that is being proposed.

    This is not something we should entertain today in this green-conscious environmentally sensitive and costly time. The energy alone to run something of this scale is unconscionable when we are raising awareness of such utilization. To bring in a high volume of people to a WATER PARK–not a community swimming pool for a 12O like the old one but building a huge commercial facility in a HISTORICAL, irreplaceable PARK that is this beautiful is a travesty, a horrible waste at an inappropriate time. Many like myself don’t want our PARK ruined, we don’t want the traffic, the noise, the energy waste and lights, not to mention potential of crime that has already unfortunately increased as more and more people come to our park. This is a historical Park and if anyone other than our Park Services proposed this idea it would be immediately rejected as a horrible idea— forever! We need preservation and conservation-PLEASE STOP the WATER PARK–Replace it with a sustainable community pool not something modeled after a WATER PARK in Las Vegas! There are too many other places to put a commercial venture of this scale and type!!!!

    Respectfully submitted,

    East Como Park Neighbors against this Water Park

  6. Robert Zuniga

    This is great news. Our family loves the pool and we are excited to know that it will have more modern niceties.

  7. Susie

    Thoughtful post and well written. Please write more on this if you have time.

  8. Kaye

    July 5 I love this website and I am very very active in water aerobics and hope that these continued Como classes will follow a continum of exercises for those of us who live in the park and participate in this type of exercise -have for for over 20 yrs.

    HOWEVER, PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW THE SAME 10AM SCHEDULE AS HIGHLAND PARK. ITS TOO EARLY AND THE WATER AEROBIC POOL TIMES NEED TO ALSO FLUCTUATE DAYS FOR THE INSTRUCTORS’ BENEFITS AND PARTICIPANTS. M W F??

    1 QUICK COMMENT -FOR THE PERSON WHO COMMENTED ON KEEPING THIS SITE ONLY GRASS?? WE NEED COMMUNITY RESOURCES. MY QUESTION? WHY ALL THE ADDITIONAL PICNIC TABLES-USED ABOUT 20% OR LESS OF THE TIME FROM THE ZOO DOWN TO COMO-=HORTON
    1 OTHER-PEOPLE ALL OVER WANT THE NAME CHANGED FROM HORTON TO COMO

    ALSO, 10 AM -IN MN. TOO COOL

  9. Kaye

    July 5, 2009 3:50
    I LIKE THE SITE AND THE DESIGN IS OK-LOOKS LIKE HIGHLAND

    WE NEED THE WATER AEROBIC CLASSES TO RUN ON DIFFERNET DAYS THAN HIGHLAND TO BENEFIT BOTH THE INSTRUCTORS AN DPARTICIPANTS. SOME OF US ARE IN OUR 20TH YR. OF THESE CLASSES AND ALSO WANT A CHALLENGING CLASS

    FOR THE PERSON COMMENTING ON KEEPING THE AREA ONLY GREEN GRASS? SORRY, WE NEED RESOURCES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY-WE ONLY HAVE 21/2 MO OF SUMMER -SHOULD EXTEND ALL PAVILLION AND OTHER CITY ACTIVITIES BEYOND AUG. 15. MY QUESTION IS? WHY ALL THE ADDITIONAL PICNIC TABLES IN THE PARK FROM THE BACK OF THE ZOO DONW TO HORTON (I mean como)-NOT USED 20% of the week

  10. SW

    To B Tempas March 30 post…Were we on the 1994 Como Park Master Plan Task Force together?

    I remember someone commenting about the wonderful free flowy feeling of the meadows area and landscape of Como Park. Since then many changes have been made: the Duplex Butterfly Pavilon w. lot and relocated ballfields, the Kaufman parking lot, the merged tri facility Campus, the Carosuel and Blooming Butterflies, two bike bridges, the restored picnic tables and night time picnic area (fire rings), many foot/bike trails, restored lakeshore, development of Como Woodlands Plans, beginning test of 3 shuttles, removed parking by and behind the zoo, new gorilla/ polar bear / hoofed stock plans, 2 tree blow downs in the past 5+years, buckthorn busting, new desgin of concessions / rides / wetlands W of Zoo, addition of Educational Resource Center and more. Did you know that before 1962 there was no pool and many many other features in Como Park? Did you know that last year 2.4? million folks visited Como and only 1.5? million folks visited the Minnesota Zoo?
    Nice to see you are still watching over the welfare of Como Park. Check out the comparkalliance.org site. All visitors and neighbors of the park (from lake to McMurray fields and golf course to Woodlands Classroom) are needed to advocate for the welfare of the whole of the park.

  11. Shannen

    Amen!!! What an amazing project. Como Park needs this! I hope the pool is a 50 meters. I know that a lot of money could be made as all of the area Swim Clubs are looking for a 50 meter pool and would pay the proper fees. Meets could also be held there and bring in even more money. I do live in Como Park as well. As for the traffic concerns other people have, Lexington and Horton are, have been and will always be busy streets. Let’s have a feature that will enable our kids to enjoy the summer while getting some exercise.

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