Meeting planned to help determine city pool’s future

Those who care about the city investing $700,000 to repair and reopen Memorial Pool by summer 2015 were asked to attend an upcoming meeting sponsored by the city Recreation Commission.

The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the William Sechler Room on the second floor of City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to hear ideas from any individuals, organizations or groups as they relate to raising the necessary $50,000 for the pool’s long-term maintenance and upkeep.

City Council approved $200,000 be spent on the pool through part of the accepted $20 million bond ordinance, but the estimated cost of repairing the pool is $750,000, according to Justin Simpson, city recreation department director.

The city has a grant in the amount of $250,000 and community development block grant money amounting to $250,000. The $200,000 approved by council brings the pool close to the necessary funding amount needed to reopen the facility along West Fourth Street, but city council and the administration are encouraging the public to work together and raise funds over the next year and a half to find the $50,000.

The estimated cost to reopen Memorial Pool, which has been closed for more than two years, was part of a study on the pool and the East End Pool at Shaw Place Park done by Aquatic Facility Design Inc., of Millersburg.

East End Pool repair would cost $860,000 to $1 million. The administration recommended the main pool for the city be in Memorial Park.

Rodney Morgans, a member of the recreation commission, suggested that the park eventually consider the inclusion of a miniature golf area and indoor building and arcade.

He said arcades and such a golf area are miles away from the city.

Council has suggested the pool is the community’s ownership and people should have a stake into what they want the park and pool to become.