What should happen to the problematic
Rebuild it? Build a new pool where the Underwood Playground is currently located? Or do nothing?
In less than a fortnight, Belmont residents and abutters will have the chance to have their say in the matter as Belmont's Department of Public Works and consultant, Bargmann, Hendrie + Arohetype – which was hired to produce a feasibility study – will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Belmont Public Library's Assembly Room at 336 Concord Avenue.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide an overview of the process including timelines for the development of a "Feasibility and Preliminary Design Study of Recreational Facilities" at the existing Underwood Park site, as well as to receive initial public comment.
This study will result in the development of design options including cost estimates for the Underwood Pool and related buildings (including a bath house) and a multi-purpose athletic field that would be built where the pool is currently situated.
The creation of a turf multi-purpose field at the pool is seen as the lynch pin to allow for the construction of a new public library across Concord Avenue from the present library and moving the Police Station to the library site.