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Future Everett Y site could have city park, possibly a pool
City is working to forge a partnership with the YMCA



An early concept sketch for a park in the Y’s grassy field.

EVERETT —  The city is exploring the possibilities of building park space on part of the future YMCA site in central Everett.
The property, located at 4730 Colby Ave., will have a parking lot on the north side and the YMCA building in the middle. The south side of the property is currently up for consideration.
There are three scenarios in discussion for what could happen to the southern approximately 1.5-acre section of land, which is
already a grassy area used by the surrounding neighborhoods as a place to get outdoors, walk their dogs and play.
Three possible scenarios were presented by Paul Kaftanski, a city executive director, to the City Council last week. The ideas are being discussed between the city and the YMCA.
The first scenario is the land being used as a public park to be owned by the YMCA. The sketches of this park include a playground, workout equipment and an open field area. While sketches of the possibility of park features have been drawn up, nothing is for sure yet.
The second scenario would include the neighborhood park as well as a 10,000-square-foot base pool, like the Snohomish Aquatic Center’s 11,000 square foot pool space. The Y’s pool would have a zero-depth entry pool, a lazy river, a warm water exercise area and a whirlpool, plus a lap pool. For contrast, the Forest Park Swim Center is about 5,000 square feet.
The third scenario would again include a neighborhood park, but also an even larger 14,000 square foot pool area that would include a water spray zone and a larger low-water family area.
A lot of discussion at the council meeting was on whether having a new YMCA pool only 1.7 miles from the Forest Park Swim Center would be detrimental to the swim center, but Kaftanski believes there would not be a large impact due to how much Everett’s population is growing.
Along with all of the scenarios, YMCA staff also is suggesting the
city construct a missing pedestrian link along the Interurban Trail to connect Colby Avenue, Kaftanski said. The link is about 600 feet in length.
Kaftanski’s presentation also touched on ideas for the ownership, access, development and maintenance and operations funding for each of the projects.
Both YMCA pool options would likely include public access. That is part of the discussions.
The city’s contribution to the partnership, depending on the scenario, could be $4.7 million for a pool or $6.4 million for a larger pool, from numbers presented.
The money would put up money using city capital dollars.
The YMCA is looking to break ground in summer 2018 and open its new facility by 2019, so it needs to know by the beginning of the summer what direction they will be taking.
The YMCA’s Senior Vice President of Operations Ted Wenta said the YMCA is looking for different partnerships throughout the city,
including a partnership with a health care provider to have a health care professional embedded in YMCA programming, in addition to a potential partnership with city for a potential park or pool. 
“We believe that this project can be something that happens every two generations, and can be catalytic for the city…we’re really excited about the potential and opportunity for new partnerships,” Wenta said.
The city and YMCA are looking to present in front of the council again before the end of this month.
The public is allowed to attend and comment at these meetings, which usually are on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at 3002 Wetmore Ave. downtown. The meeting on the fourth week each month is held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the same location.

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