Consultant to study park swim pond

LAKE ELMO — SRF Consulting will do a study of the Lake Elmo Park Swim Pond, after the Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed to a contract with the company Tuesday.

SRF Consulting will go through a planning process that involves operations, maintenance, design, policy, and revenue.

The Swim Pond opened in 1986 and was designed to accommodate 600 to 800 people at a time. Today, 1,000 and 2,500 people will visit the pool daily on summer weekends.

The SRF study will include information from the Sheriff’s Office, as well as traffic, landscape and building design, park maintenance and park operations.

The study is planned to begin in 2012, giving the county adequate time to review and implement approved short-term recommendations prior to the start of the 2013 swimming season.

The study costs $65,000, with the money coming from the Parks Stewardship Fund made up of fees paid by parks users.