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Council approves pledge agreement toward construction of pool at Moana Springs Park

Post Date:08/14/2019 5:06 PM
At today’s Regular Meeting, the Reno City Council approved a conditional $9 million pledge agreement with the William N. Pennington Foundation (WNPF) toward the construction of a pool at Moana Springs Park.

“Today is a milestone day for recreation in the City of Reno,” Reno Vice Mayor Naomi Duerr said. “We are extremely thankful to the Pennington Foundation for their generosity, and we will be asking the whole community to step up and help us make this new pool — something our community desperately needs — a reality.”

Duerr is also the Reno City Council Member who represents Ward 2, where Moana Springs Park is located.

The new 35-meter aquatic center is estimated to cost around $18 million. The City of Reno will continue to fundraise to reach this goal together with Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics (SNCA). The aquatic center is expected to have an outdoor water play area, geothermal soaking pools and a meeting room as part of its design.

The pledge from WNPF, a charitable organization, is contingent on the City meeting certain fundraising requirements by June 30, 2021. If the entire match amount of $9.7 million is unable to be met by this date through fundraising efforts, staff will return to Council for direction on securing the remaining funds. Options could include borrowing funds, reallocating dollars from the General Fund, and/or use of Room Tax.

More information about the funding and timeline of the pool’s construction, as well as site plans and layouts, are available in the Staff Report.

WNPF has supported other recent City projects. It donated $800,000 toward repairs and enhancements at Traner Pool, which reopened in June 2018, and has also pledged $5 million toward the City of Reno’s future Public Safety Center project.

Background Information

Moana Pool permanently closed in November 2007. On August 22, 2008, the City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with SNCA, a nonprofit group formed to fundraise money to rebuild Moana Pool. Since that time, SNCA has continually worked on a plan for design, development, construction and operation of a replacement aquatics center at Moana Springs.

On October 24, 2018, Reno City Council directed staff to pursue a 35-meter pool with an option for a 50-meter pool if funding becomes available, and to fully explore party and meeting room options, and outdoor hot springs as well as an associated spa at a later time.