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July 13, 2014

Citizens press need for pool

Future of local aquatic recreation lies with city council

Those who provided feedback at the Logansport Parks and Recreation Board’s latest meeting agree the city needs a pool.

But with the one in Tower Park on its last leg and a parks and recreation department without the funds to repair or replace it, they also agree a solution isn’t going to be easy.

At nearly 60 years old, the pool has about doubled its life expectancy, said Jeff Smith, a member of the parks and recreation board.

Board members and parks and recreation department staff say the pool’s leaks, whose source can’t be determined without the expensive task of tearing up its deck, along with other problems have rendered it too costly to repair.

The board passed a resolution calling for the closing of Tower Park Pool at the end of this year along with its demolition. Another resolution seeks out alternatives for aquatic recreation. These include zero-depth splash pads or replacing the pool with basketball courts or green space.

Joyce Eckelbarger addressed the parks and recreation board by saying pools help keep young people in a community. She added she understands Tower Park Pool must go, but maintains the city needs something to attract young families like the cities with water parks in the region.

“A lot of young families go to Kokomo or Lafayette and we would like to have Kokomo and Lafayette come to Logansport,” she said.

Matt Mullin said he learned to swim at Tower Park.

“Anything we need to keep in this town... I think we need to work hard at keeping it,” he said.

Keeping it will require what he said is the worthwhile expenditure of funds.

“I think money should be spent to fix that pool,” he said, adding that if the pool can’t be fixed, money should be invested in securing a new one.

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