UPDATE: University Park and HPISD revised their joint statement late Tuesday to emphasize that Curtis Park is still among the sites being considered. Read on for more information.
There probably will be no joint-use natatorium in Curtis Park, after all, much to the relief of dozens of University Park residents who have been vocal in their opposition to the project.
Highland Park ISD and the UP city officials jointly announced on Tuesday that they would evaluate and study alternative sites “following substantial community input.” That no doubt included a highly charged Sept. 24 public forum that packed UP city hall with concerns about traffic, safety, costs, and the environment.
“HPISD will evaluate the merits of other potential locations and partnerships, in addition to continuing discussions with the City of UP,” the statement reads. “In conjunction with this evaluation process, the City of UP will continue its feasibility study to help determine the financial viability of operating a joint natatorium facility with HPISD. Community input will continue to be an important part of the site selection process.”
The joint proposal is being considered as part of an expected HPISD bond election next spring, as the district looks to replace its existing natatorium at Highland Park High School with more classroom space.