Thursday, January 25, 2018

USA, Nevada: Reno to Further Exploit Geothermal Resources

City moves ahead with plans for an aquatic center at Moana (KOLO)

The regular host city for the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo could build a swimming pool complex heated by the same geothermal resource as the Peppermill Resort Spa Hotel.

Reno's long wait for an aquatic center may be coming to an end.

Wednesday the Reno city council voted to move ahead in partnership with a citizen's group, Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics," to raise funding to build and operate a $15-to-20 million dollar facility on the site of the old Moana pool.

Reno Parks Director Andy Bass told the council the group has identified sources for a major portion of the construction costs, but that funding is dependent upon a commitment from the city to build and operate what will be known as the Moana Springs Aquatic Center.

As proposed, it would include not only a competition sized pool, but a fitness center, an outdoor family water park area and hot springs. The Moana site sits on an active geothermal spring and historically hosted mineral baths.