Forest Lake school-YMCA pool deal unlikely after council vote

A partnership between the Forest Lake Area Schools and the YMCA to expand the aquatic center at the incoming Forest Lake nonprofit facility is looking unlikely after a vote by the Forest Lake City Council.

Photo by Ryan Howard Forest Lake Area High School senior Tim Brennhofer speaks to the Forest Lake City Council on the aquatic center expansion project proposed by Forest Lake Area Schools and the YMCA.

Photo by Ryan Howard
Forest Lake Area High School senior Tim Brennhofer speaks to the Forest Lake City Council on the aquatic center expansion project proposed by Forest Lake Area Schools and the YMCA.

Citing concerns about costs, city representation and the ability of the proposed partnership to adequately serve both the aquatics teams and the public at large, the council turned down at its Feb. 23 meeting the contract changes that would allow the partnership, agreed to by the YMCA and the school district the previous week. Though multiple council members who voted against the agreement expressed openness to considering a revised agreement in the future, Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, said that the organization was not planning on coming back to the city and district with another proposal. Such a process, he said, might jeopardize the timeline the YMCA has in place to finish the new facility by summer 2016.

“At this point, based on the timeline, we need to march forward,” he said after the meeting.

Continue reading this Forest Lake Times story by Ryan Howard.

 

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