The New Municipal Pool Project, an endeavor to provide a new recreational facility in Shawnee, is underway.

The New Municipal Pool Project, an endeavor to provide a new recreational facility in Shawnee, is underway.

Branco Enterprises, the contractor awarded the project in the amount of $3.67 million, recently embarked on demolition of the current structure. City Director of Operations James Bryce expects that process to continue into July.

“I imagine they’ll still be at the demolition stage for two to three weeks, at the minimum,” he said.

The next step, Bryce detailed, involves the placement of structural elements.

“It could be some of the piping,” he anticipated. “Or, it could be the roof on the pool house.”

Bryce said the facility is scheduled for completion by the 2015 swim season.

The project, which called for approximately $4.2 million, is funded by a city contribution of $3 million, an Avedis Foundation challenge grant and private funds. City Manager Brian McDougal said the effort had been widely advertised.

“The community raised $1.2 million, half of which came from the Avedis Foundation grant,” McDougal explained.

John Ayers, pool committee chairman, said the goal was reached with the aid of 148 donors. The three largest Avedis challenge donors were Sarkeys Foundation, in the amount of $150,000, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, in the amount of $100,000, and Pottawatomie County, in the amount of $50,000.

“The community really came together for this pool,” McDougal said. “It’s been a great project to work on, because the community is so supportive.”

A formal groundbreaking ceremony takes place July 8 at 11 a.m.