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June 16, 2014

Running dry: Officials move closer to closing pool

Officials move closer to closing pool

Logansport officials have taken one step closer to draining a source of aquatic recreation they say has been doing the same to the city's finances.

The city parks and recreation board recently approved two measures calling for the closing of Tower Park Pool and the determination of alternatives for aquatic recreation in town. Should they pass once again next month on their second and final reading, the final say on the matter will transfer to city council, members of which reluctantly agree there isn't much more of a choice.

Jan Fawley, Logansport parks administrator, says the nearly 60-year-old pool suffers from a growing list of ailments. The water slide, which turned 30 this year, often requires buffering and the steps leading to its peak seem to be in constant need of patching. Plumbing and electricity are starting to show their age and the bathhouse is in need of a new roof. Perhaps worst of all is the continuous leaking of the pool itself, the source of which cannot be determined without engaging in the expensive endeavor of tearing out its deck.

"It's pretty much past the patch-up stage," said Marty Monahan, a member of the parks and recreation board, at last week's meeting.

Last month, the board approved a measure calling for the demolition of the pool and outlining several possible alternatives to pursue. Board members have since split the initiative into two resolutions — one pertaining to the demolition and a separate one for the alternatives.

Logansport Parks and Recreation Board President Beth Myers said the division was made to reduce confusion.

The demolition resolution calls for the closing of the pool at the end of this summer and its demolition for an estimated cost of $150,000 through an additional appropriation from a fund to be determined by city council.

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