Potential Sandy Pool and Recreation Campus Project

Date: March 31, 2015
The Olin Y. Bignall Aquatic Center

Potential Sandy Pool and Recreation Campus Project

Currently the City of Sandy and the Oregon Trail School District are working on a potential plan to continue operations of the Olin Bignall Aquatic Center.  Naturally, questions will arise as this possibility is explored further.  Below is an informational flier put together by the City and the School District that describes the potential project and hopefully answers most questions.  Feel free to use the contacts listed at the bottom of the information sheet if you have further questions.

In July of 2014, a phone survey was conducted regarding the Sandy Pool.  Linked below is a presentation of the results of that survey.  In summary, the survey indicated that there was support for extending operations of the Sandy Pool and using a fee on the utility bill to support operations for both the pool and a recreational campus.  

Fact Sheet Pool

Survey Results - July 2014

Over the course of 2015, the City of Sandy Urban Renewal Board was able to pass an amendment to their Urban Renewal Plan that allowed the use of these funds for the construction of a pool and recreation campus.  It was a lengthy process that required the approval of over 75% of the overlapping taxing districts.  Although the Urban Renewal Plan is updated to include this project, there must be enough tax revenue to cover the debt payments for a bond that would pay for construction.  This could take a few years while current debt is being paid.  The city will also need to explore options for operational revenue.  

Latest Update on Project:   Both the City of Sandy and the Oregon Trail School District signed the agreement to transfer ownership of the Cedar Ridge Middle school, the Olin Bignall Aquatic Center, and surrounding property in October of 2016.  The financing piece will be worked out over the next several months.  The school district is renovating the old Sandy High School campus in preparation to move the junior high school there.  Once the Cedar Ridge campus is vacated by the school district, the City of Sandy will take full ownership of the property.  Decisions regarding the continuing operations of the current aquatic center, operational funding, any demolition work, and start times for construction of a new facility will be made over the course of the next year.