2017 -- In May/June of 2017, members of Sandy City Council and City staff reviewed responses to a Request for Proposal and interviewed design firms interested in the project. The winning proposal was from Opsis, a Portland-based design firm. Opsis has designed many recreation and aquatic centers here in Oregon, including the Hillsboro Community Recreation Center , the Western Oregon University Health and Wellness Center , the Conestoga Rec Center for the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, the Madras Aquatic Center and the West Linn Community Center .
Renovations on the old Sandy High School (Pioneer Building) campus continue, as the Oregon Trail School District works to make this building available for middle school students beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. For more information from the District about this part of the project, click here .
2016 -- 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 school district began renovating the old Sandy High School campus in preparation to move the junior high school there. The Cedar Ridge campus was then vacated by the school district, and the City of Sandy took 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 2017.
2015 -- 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.
2014 -- 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.