A date has been set for Waunakee village officials to hear from residents on their preferences for a public aquatic facility.

At their meeting Monday, the Waunakee Village Board approved a contract with Ayers Associates to present a range of options for a facility at a public listening session.

Both a pool and a splash park ranked high on a survey of residents conducted for the Village of Waunakee’s parks and open space plan.

“The time is right,” added Chris Zellner, village president. Zellner added that the parks commission voted unanimously to accept the $1,585 contract with Ayres at its June 5 meeting.

Sue McDade, Waunakee’s community services director, said a meeting has been set for 7 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the new Waunakee Public Library’s community room. The North Madison Street library is set to open Aug. 1.

“Truly it is a listening session, so we will be the ones listening,” McDade said. “We’ve hired a consultant that’s going to come in and talk about the spectrum of options.”

Those will include everything from spray park to a small community pool, and even a larger pool that could draw people from other communities. The consultant can inform the board about the space needed, the construction costs and a ballpark figure for the operational costs, McDade said.

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