Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A city pool closed last spring should be open again in two years and it's getting a multimillion dollar makeover.
The city tells us some pools like Edgemoor Park Pool are really popular and others just aren't, especially where there's several pools in the same area.
For example, Edgemoor and Country Acres pool in northwest Wichita were both closed last year for repairs but only one of them is re-opening.
The Edgemoor park pool is just a short walk from Ginny Anaya's house.
"I took my children down there when they were little and then when they got to be teenagers they went down there on their own and spent their entire summer there,” Ginny Anaya said.
Just before last summer, the pool closed. But it's not dried up for good. The city's parks and recreation department says people just miss it too much.
"We do, we have a huge outcry from the neighborhoods saying we want this pool back. They've gone to other pools but that's been far away,” Recreation Superintendent for the City of Wichita Karen Holmes said.
Instead of repairing the old pool, the city is building a brand new one with all kinds of add-ons like slides and fountains.
"I think it'd be a great time for us and we've got a lot of families moving in our area and I'd think they'd utilize it too,” Anaya said.
Any of the possible layouts would cost about three to five million dollars to build.
In order to repair all the maintenance issues with all the city's pools plus make them all ADA compliant, it would cost the city more than four million dollars.
Karen Holmes says they're looking into the possibility of closing some of the city's older, less popular pools in order to build a few bigger and better ones starting with Edgemoor.
"If we had a larger more amenity filled pool, maybe we could look into having fewer pools in the future; so quality instead of quantity,” Holmes said.
The new Edgemoor pool is expected to be finished by 2015 and the city wants people's opinions on what kind of features the pool should have.
To voice your opinion visit this website (www.activate-wichita.com)and look for the topic about the Edgemoor pool.