City set to choose contractor for new Colburn Park pool

Colburn Park pool empty

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay’s city council is expected to choose a contractor to re-build the Colburn Park pool during Wednesday night’s meeting.

The aging Colburn Park pool is the city’s remaining Olympic-sized pool.

Six bids were submitted to the city.

The Parks Committee will review the bids, and the council’s Improvement and Services Committee will vote on awarding the contract.

City leadership requested bids from contractors in May. They asked the contractors to include options for reducing the cost of the pool.

Early estimates put the cost of the pool at $6.5 million, but the city is hoping bids will come lower to meet the $4.5 million budget approved for the project.

The group Friends of Colburn Park Pool have raised $1 million for a new pool.

A new 50 meter pool would allow for swim clubs to host meets and competitions.

In May, Tundra Lodge rescinded its offer to build an Olympic-sized pool for the city to use. The owner said he didn’t want to work with the city after an alderman made “disrespectful and distorted” comments about the company’s vision for the project.

If a contract is awarded, the pool would be under construction during the spring and summer of 2017. It would open in 2018 as the Dahlin-Lyndahl Pool.

The city council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.