Como Park Swimming Pool

Como Park Pool financing update

What is happening with the Como Pool project?

Capital Improvement Bonds

Funding for the Como Park Pool was not a priority within the 2009 Capital Improvement Bond (CIB) recommendations. The link below to a 3 page PDF shows the “Como Pool Replacement” falling just below the red cutoff line on page 2.

Budget Review Committee

At the Budget Review Committee meeting held Aug 26, City Council President, Kathy Lantry, requested clarification about the $1 million “Como Aquatics – Phase 1” line item in the proposed City of Saint Paul Budget. You can watch the 4 minute discussion on video via the Budget Review Committee web page.

The video is 1 hour 40 minutes. If you use the link below and click on number 5 (last one) it skips ahead and the discussion about the Como Pool item starts at 1:25:43

Margaret Kelly, Director of the Office of Financial Services was the person who answered most questions about the budget.

Apparently, the $1 million is for bathrooms and changing facilities to support both the future pool and to support McMurry field activities. $640K comes from Parks Fund Balance and $360K comes from ISP Interest. The remaining $4 million funding will be requested in the 2012 and 2013 CIB budget requests.

Kathy Lantry also pushed for public meetings allowing public input on hot issues “the sooner the better“.

Como Park Swimming Pool

Saint Paul Parks Commission accepts Como pool plan

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Commission approves Como Park pool design from Art Oglesby on Vimeo.

Don Ganje presented the Como Park swimming pool design passed by the design task force to the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Commission, July 15, 2009. They voted to pass the plan on to the mayor.

Como Park Swimming Pool

Como Pool Replacement

A process to replace the Como Pool

Last fall the City of Saint Paul explained the process for redeveloping the Como Park swimming pool. The adjacent Woodland Classroom and McMurray Field area along with their parking and traffic needs will be included. You can learn more by clicking the link below.

Como Park Swimming Pool Redevelopment


The Como Pool Planning Committee members are providing input to US Aquatics, Anthony Kell Architects, and the City Parks Design Staff & Planning Committee. One activity was to choose key words describing what they wanted. The twelve members were then told to “vote” for their top four choices via colored stickers. (Clicking on the photo makes it larger.)

Planners voted for key concepts with colored stickers
Planners voted for key concepts with colored stickers

Design Feedback

At the third planning session, project manager Don Ganje presented design concepts his team thought the group was asking for. The committee was told to voice their opinion, yes or no, as they went through these lists. (These lists should show up on the city website soon)