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July 16, 2013

Splash pads an option for pool

Members say solution needed for aging pool.

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Fawley said prices on the splash pads range from about $30,000 to $85,000, depending on what kind of equipment is chosen and whether the city performs the installation or hires out.

In an interview after the meeting, Marty Monahan, a parks and recreation board member, said concessions stands could possibly accompany the splash pads to offset costs.

The board also discussed surfaces for these attractions and concluded concrete would likely be the best way to go, as rubber surfaces can attract vandalism through burning.

“This is just to start a discussion, to give an idea of what’s out there,” Fawley told board members during her presentation.

At last month’s meeting, Fawley said should the project receive positive feedback from the public and financial backing, the splash pads would be implemented on a tiered schedule. One at a time would be added to different parks with the pool available as well, she said, to gauge reactions.

The last time the Pharos-Tribune reported on this issue, the article received more than 20 comments online, many of which expressed disagreement with a splash pad solution and called for repairs or a replacement for the pool.

Parks and recreation board board members say there’s little that can be done for the more than 50-year-old pool and that the cost of a new facility would likely be well above an amount the city would be willing to appropriate.

Beth Myers, a board member, said she felt the splash pads wold be easier to maintain.

“It’s so expensive to repair pools,” she said.

Monahan called the splash pads “a viable solution.”

“We know we have to do something with the pool situation,” said Terry Doran, president of the parks and recreation board. “If we’re going to address this, we have to do it while the pool is still functional. To look ahead makes sense. We know we’re not going to have it forever.”

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