During a work session of the Kuna City Council on Tuesday, January 21, a plan to explore the options available for building a public pool and rec center was discussed by city leaders. Richard Roats, Kuna City Attorney, said that the first step would cost approximately $37,000 for a feasibility study that would include a community survey.
LCA Architects, a Boise firm specializing in public spaces, has been selected to conduct the study. Nate Turner with the firm said that the study will determine what the community wants, how large does the facility needs to be and how much it will cost. At that time the findings will be presented to the city and a decision to proceed can occur at that time.
“It should be a 60 to 90 day process depending on what the city wants to do with the survey,” said Turner adding that they could get started on the study by mid-February.
In response, Mayor Greg Nelson said, “I’m somewhere between tingling and hysterical about the project. It’s badly needed by our city and our kids.”
The work discussion among council included establishing a recreation district and looking into whether Melba might be interested in partnering that would allow Melba residents and students to use the facility.
The mayor said initial estimates for the entire project are in the $8.5 million range. The project could also include a recreation park with ball fields and other sports fields if the location can accommodate them.