Camas looks to make Crown Park a jewel again

first_imgCAMAS — When Randy Curtis received a call about a problem at the Crown Park pool, he feared the worst.“You have to wonder if it’s a 24-hour problem, or is this it?” said Curtis, a member of the city’s parks and recreation commission. “That is a threat hanging over our heads.”It ended up being a 24-hour problem, as the pool had to be closed one day because a leak in one of the pool lines dripped onto an electrical panel, which shorted out and caused the main pump to stop working, according to Camas Parks & Recreation Department Director Jerry Acheson.While closing down a pool in the midst of a string of rainless summer days isn’t ideal, Curtis was relieved the closure was only for a day. The Crown Park pool is on its last legs, and city officials are working on a new master plan to update the park, either replacing the pool or removing it from Crown Park, where it’s been located since opening in 1954, Acheson said.“Crown Park tugs at the heartstrings of a lot of citizens, especially those who have lived here their whole life,” Curtis said. “There’s a lot of emotion surrounding the park, especially the pool.”City officials put a survey online this year asking residents about Crown Park, and they received 1,400-plus responses. It was the largest response to a city survey Curtis or Acheson can remember seeing. A different survey sent out by city officials to 3,000 Camas households asking for their satisfaction with various city services received 705 completed responses this spring.last_img read more