Oak Park River Forest High School has chosen the Lake & Scoville parking garage to be the location for a new pool on campus. The garage will be purchased from the village for $3.5 million and the total cost of the project will be about $37 million, according to several reports.
The decision to demolish the Lake & Scoville parking garage to make room for a pool was made at Thursday’s District 200 Board of Education meeting with a unanimous 7-0 vote. This decision comes after more than three years of debating where to put the new pool, so it’s sufficed to say this agreement was carefully planned.
The new pool structure will not incorporate parking, and the district has been working closely with the Village of Oak Park to develop a plan for replacing the 300 parking spots lost in the demolition of the garage with on-street parking around the high school, according to the press release.
“I do support having a careful parking plan to keep staff and teachers closer to the building,” said Lynn Kamenitsa, an OPRF parent and neighbor. “I’m not heartless when it comes to that, and it is a real challenge, but I believe it’s something that can be overcome.”
A decision about how to finance the project will be made at a later date. Construction is planned to begin in June 2016, with the pool to be completed in time for the 2018-2019 school year, according to a press release from OPRF.