We have done our best to answer the most common questions, however, if you have a question that is not covered in this section, please attend one of our upcoming public meetings and/or submit a question via the form on the "Contact Us" page.




Q: What is a Viability Study?

A: This process is to determine what uses for a new Indoor Recreation and Aquatics Center will work for the City of West Lafayette and its residents.


Q: Will this project result in a design of the new Indoor Recreation and Aquatics Center?

A: No. That will occur after the Viability Study as long as the Viability Study shows the residents will support a new Indoor Recreation and Aquatics Center.


Q: Does this mean the Happy Hollow Pool will close?

A: No. The City of West Lafayette intends to continue operations of the Happy Hollow Pool. This new facility will increase options in the community.


Q: What’s already been decided about the study?

A: The only decision that has been made to date is that IF a new community recreation center is constructed, it will be located somewhere within Cumberland Park.


Q: What will happen to Morton Community Center and the Parks Department programs offered there?

A: Recommendations for the Morton Community Center will be part of the study outcomes.  The study will analyze consolidating services in a new center versus keeping cultural arts programming at Morton and expanding services to a new facility.  The Parks Department is committed to continuing the programs currently offered at Morton Community Center.


Q: Do you anticipate the new facility taking away a lot of green space at Cumberland Park?

Some green space will be impacted, but it is the goal of the planning team to minimize impacts to the existing open space within the park.


Q: How does the City Hall study impact the recreation center study?

A: The Redevelopment Commission is leading both the City Hall and recreation center studies and coordinating strategies between the consultant groups. 


Q: With the City Hall feasibility study also happening, is anyone looking at a joint facility?

A: Yes, one of the strategies being considered for the City Hall study is analyzing the pros and cons for a joint facility in Cumberland Park.


Q: Will the study include an analysis of the schedule for the new facility to understand utilization?

A: Yes, the viability study will include an operational analysis which will forecast utilization rates in order to understand revenue and operational impacts.


Q: Will the Community Gardens be impacted?

A: It is likely that IF a new center is constructed in Cumberland Park that the gardens will be relocated within the park.  Recommendations for alternate locations will be made as part of the study and take into consideration size, ease of access, sun exposure, drainage, water access, etc.


Q: Discussion about monthly membership in the demographic analysis is very different than the hourly rentals we are used to.  Will the fee structure change?

A: Yes, it is likely that the fee structure in a new facility will change.  Common practice is to provide a variety of fee options to promote facility utilization.  Examples of common fees include:  drop-in rates, limited use passes, monthly and annual memberships. Recommendations on fee structure and rates will be part of the viability study’s operational analysis.


Q: Purdue students, faculty, and staff have access to Purdue’s facility.  Will they skew the demographic analysis data?

A: Yes, if they are residents of West Lafayette they are included in the preliminary demographics from the US Census Bureau.  The consultant team will provide detailed demographic data that extracts the Purdue population in order to help the Steering Committee understand the impacts.