Pool/Aquatic Center in Takoma Park
Retaining a Pool/Aquatic Center in Takoma Park
Montgomery County officials are considering ways to address the growing school aged population in the County in the context of its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Consideration has been given to closing the pool at Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) to make way for additional classroom space. While the City of Takoma Park recognizes and supports the need for classroom expansion, City officials hope that such growth does not come at the cost of existing pool facilities. There are no other public pool or aquatic facilities in the City. For these reasons, the City is advocating for retention of the pool at PBES and also looking into other options for providing a pool within the City for residents.
The Montgomery County Public School 2017-22 CIP lists PBES as a location for the expansion of classrooms to meet growing demand for space. The Takoma Park City Council has raised the concern that classroom expansion at PBES could mean that the pool might be shut down permanently without a plan for replacement. The Council has requested on numerous occasions that a feasibility study be conducted to assess how the needed classroom expansion could be accomplished by constructing above the pool or behind the school. They have further requested that the City and residents have an opportunity to participate in those discussions.
In conversations with representatives of Washington Adventist Hospital, the Mayor and City Councilmembers have also discussed, preliminarily, the possibility of locating a new pool or aquatic center on the site of the Washington Adventist Hospital when the hospital relocates it acute care facilities. Such a use would be consistent with WAH’s mission. County funding would be essential to the success ofthis project.
Deputy City Manager
Piney Branch Elementary School Expansion and Feasibility Study
Montgomery County Public School officials are discussing ways to address the growing school-aged population in the County in the context of its Capital Improvement Plan for school facilities. Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) will be the subject of a “feasibility study” to evaluate space needs and options for addressing those needs, including trade-offs and costs of various options.
One option that has been discussed and will be part of the study is to close the pool at PBES to make way for additional classroom space. While the City of Takoma Park recognizes the need for classroom expansion, we have heard from many residents who hope that such growth does not come at the cost of the existing pool facilities. To that end, we wanted to make sure you were aware of upcoming opportunities for in-person public engagement in the process. These are opportunities to make your voice heard!
Community meetings were held at the Piney Branch Elementary School Media Center:
- Work Session Meeting #1, January 31, 2017 at 4:15 p.m.
- Work Session Meeting #2, February 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
- Work Session Meeting #3, February 21, 2017 at 4:15 p.m.
- Work Session Meeting #4, March 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
- PTA Presentation, March 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
For further information, including links to meeting materials, please visit the PBES Addition Project page on the Montgomery County Puclic Schools website or contact Gary D. Mosesman, Project Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links & Notes
Feasibility Letter to County Executive (February 3, 2017)
Montgomery County Public School’s Piney Branch Elementary Expansion Project Page (includes links to presentations and meeting materials and minutes)
Letter from Takoma Park City Council, Washington Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist University, and Montgomery College to County Executive Leggett Advocating for an Aquatics Center in Takoma Park (October 25, 2016)
Briefing on the Board of Education’s Requested CIP Budget (December 14, 2015 Presentation to Council)