Portland is one step closer to getting a new pool.
Park board met Tuesday evening and selected HWC Engineers of Indianapolis to be the firm to design the new Portland Pool.
HWC Engineers was chosen earlier this year to create a preliminary design of what the new pool could look like to help Portland City Council decide whether or not it would contribute funds to the project.
The board chose a committee — park board members Shauna Runkle and Rod Ashman, Brad DeRome and Jeff Badders — to review the quotes it received from four engineer and architectural firms and make a recommendation for hire.
The committee recommended HWC Engineers because the firm has already worked with park board and the city, and committee members felt comfortable with the firm’s quote and the expertise it has regarding pool projects.
A representative from HWC Engineers was at the meeting to present the board with a preliminary project schedule.
The schedule has the current pool closing for the final time Sept. 1 and demolition beginning Sept. 3. Construction would begin sometime in the fall, with the new pool opening in July of 2015.
John Young, who was selected to chair the fundraising campaign for the new pool, was also present at Tuesday’s meeting.
He said five people have already agreed to help with the campaign and he’s hoping a few more will join.
The campaign’s goal is to raise $1 million. It will close at the end of the year, with pledges continuing through 2015, he told the park board.
The board also received a donation from a former Portland resident to help bring water to the bark park at Hudson Family Park.
Park board president Gillespie said he received a phone call from a former resident who is a veterinarian currently living in Hawaii.
She said she wanted to send a check for $1,000 to move the water project forward.
The board voted 5-0 to proceed with a project that will bring water to the park.