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Pool replacement plans proceed in city of Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carpenter presented to the Grandview City Council last night a plan to replace the aging, crumbling city swimming pool.

"We definitely need a new pool," he told the council.

The existing pool in Grandview was constructed in 1955 and then renovated in 1983. Carpenter told the council the pool is severely outdated in terms of meeting basic programming and operational standards.

Both the pool tank and deck have shown signs of excessive cracking and in 2006 some of these cracks were repaired. Unfortunately, these repairs will only extend the life of the pool until 2011.

Carpenter said in 2000 and 2005 the parks and recreation department asked Grandview voters to support a bond that would have been used to build a family aquatic center in the city. The measures failed both times, with only 30 percent of voters saying yes in 2005.

Because of this Carpenter said the Grandview Swim Pool Committee and the Grandview Parks and Recreation staffs are recommending a scaled back version.

What is suggested is a 25 yard by eight lane competitive pool tank, which would have a medium sized water slide and a lazy river component. Grassy picnic areas are envisioned with a concession area to serve both the pool and park patrons.

The new pool would be built at the current pool location at Westside Park.

Cost for something like this is estimated to be approximately $3.5 million. This number is based on the cost of a similar pool that was built in Othello in 2006, plus anticipated rising costs.

Carpenter said this money could be raised several ways through grants, bond measures and donations.

The council then authorized the pool committee to hold a series of public forums to get input about this plan from the community. The committee will then bring back the results to council and then a plan will be formed.

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