Camas’ Crown Park Pool demolition underway

Historic pool now being retired and cleared away for new park amenity

CAMAS — The city of Camas’ historic Crown Park Pool has entered demolition in the past two weeks.  

In the summer of 2018, the city conducted examinations of the pool, and found that it would cost more to bring it to useable standards than to remove it and seek out a new similar amenity.

For the city of Camas, approx. $100,000-a-year in maintenance costs was expected if the pool was to remain open. Now, the pool will be demolished and potentially replaced with a similar amenity in the community. Photo by Mike Schultz
For the city of Camas, approx. $100,000-a-year in maintenance costs was expected if the pool was to remain open. Now, the pool will be demolished and potentially replaced with a similar amenity in the community. Photo by Mike Schultz

At present, no firm proposals or decisions have been made, put forward or received by Camas City Council.

“Of the options presented, we did get feedback on the splash pad and water feature, that people just weren’t too excited about it,” said Camas council member, Deanna Rusch. “My colleagues could certainly vote at some point to put in a splash pad, that’s not my preference, but no decision been made.”

Rusch is the Camas rep to a joint committee between the cities of Camas and Washougal discussing the possibility of a community center, which would include  a new pool.

Crown Park Pool was constructed in 1954, and for the past several years has been in the care of the city of Camas. The city concluded that $400,000 was too expensive to renovate the pool. Photo by Mike Schultz
Crown Park Pool was constructed in 1954, and for the past several years has been in the care of the city of Camas. The city concluded that $400,000 was too expensive to renovate the pool. Photo by Mike Schultz

The committee has met four or five times, she said, but has only consisted of consulting and no firm decision making at this time. The committee is expected to meet again in May.  

“Nothing has been decided,” said Jerry Acheson, the manager of Camas’ Parks and Recreation.

“It is a top priority,” said Rusch. “Keeping in mind that, some other priorities, such as public safety and making sure we have streets that can be driven on, but it is a priority. It’s probably something that we discuss, if not at every city council meeting, every other.”

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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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