Zanesville residents invited to dive into aquatic-center plans

Zanesville residents will have the chance today to weigh in on the design of a new aquatic recreation center that will be located on Ohio University’s Zanesville Campus.

OU-Zanesville staff and Williams Architects, the architecture firm contracted to design the center, will be hosting their second “Information & Input” session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today in Campus Center Room 432. The open house will provide members of the public a chance to comment on the design plans.

Cindy Linn, the assistant dean for development at OU-Zanesville branch, said there would be public-input sessions every time the project moves forward.

Tom Poulos, the principal architect for the project, added that this would be the final general-information session. Poulos will attend the open house along with Scott Lange and Pat Kelly, other architects working on the project.

The Muskingum Recreation Center will be open to students, faculty, staff and Zanesville residents. Although it is located on the OU-Zanesville campus, the center was a cooperative endeavor on the part of Genesis HealthCare System, the Muskingum Family YMCA, Muskingum County Community Foundation and OU-Zanesville.

Linn said the public has been very involved in the project.

“They have had a very positive response because our community doesn’t have an aquatic recreation center currently,” she said.

Poulos said students and local residents generally supported the design of the center.

“It was pretty clear that people were in affirmation of the core program elements that we had originally conceived in the feasibility study,” he said.

Their main concerns were that the center should allow use by people of all ages, have the flexibility to expand in the future, and focus on environmental sustainability.

The new plans will incorporate all of those requests, Poulos said.

He added that tomorrow’s information session would focus on “affirming the original findings, first and foremost, and then coming up with design alternatives that reflect those findings.”

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