While the administrators of the Newton school system, Newton Recreation Commission and the city gather information about options for funding new recreational facilities, the boards will be waiting and continue to be positive about the progress that is being made.

On Thursday morning, a subcommittee, put together with members of the three boards and Newton Area Chamber of Commerce representatives, convened once again to discuss programming needs of the community that could be included in new recreation facilities.

After reviewing progress made on Monday and Tuesday in meetings with facilitators, the group chose to forward their findings to the administrators and await their presentation.

Willis Heck, city commissioner, set up his computer and the group took a virtual tour of an Overland Park recreational center that recently opened. The 80,000-square-feet facility has several of the amenities the group is looking at possibly including in new facilities in Newton.

The aquatics portion of the Overland Park facilities takes up about 14,000 square feet of space and include a leisure pool, lap pool and therapy pool.

Sue Stucky, president of the Swim Newton competitive swim club, addressed the subcommittee.

She said the club is “parent owned” meaning its the parents who serve on the board of directors and have control over nonprofit organization.

Stucky said she is concerned with the possibility of the new facility being a YMCA, because the organization usually has control over programs like the competitive swimming club.

She said right now, the club uses the pool at the high school for practices and some meets and the Newton Recreation Commission Activity Center pool for younger swimmers to practice.

The subcommittee listened to Stucky and asked about the number of youth involved in the program.

She said the club currently has about 50 participants signed up, but she expects that number to rise to about 75 or 80.