A pool from last year’s U.S. Olympic Swim Trials and several tennis courts could find a new home in Sarpy County.
The Omaha Multi-Sport Complex organization hasn’t received any specifics on bids for the pool, project manager Travis Stensby said Thursday afternoon.
However, Mike Cassling, the board chairman for the organization, has said he’s heard about interest from landowners with property in Bellevue, La Vista, Gretna and Omaha.
“There’s huge interest in general, and a lot of interest from a land standpoint,” he said. “That’s the goal of the (request for proposals), to have everybody submit their data, see if any others are interested.”
Proposals are due April 5, and the winning offer will be revealed May 21.
Last month, organizers announced they were putting out a formal request from landowners interested in the facility. The venue, which would go on a site at least 10 acres in size, would be used for state and national competitions in swimming and tennis.
Along with the Olympic-size pool would be 18 tennis courts, a smaller warm-up pool, seating for 2,000 swimming spectators and 6,500 tennis spectators, weight-training rooms, pro shops and other amenities.
The landowner would either donate property or set up a long-term lease, according to the group’s plans. The nonprofit group that would run the facility has raised close to $1 million to buy the Swim Trials pool and has drawn interest from landowners around the area.
Lisa Roskens, an Omaha Multi-Sport Complex board member, said organizers are holding off on fundraising efforts until they select a site because its size would have a big impact on what goes into the facility and the project’s total price tag. If the group buys 20 acres, it would have room to expand to sports outside of swimming and tennis.
World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.