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Old pool may get temporary new life

With new municipal pool timeline pushed back, city considers options

October 9, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

There's nothing yet set in stone, concrete or cement, but the city of Estherville is contacting pool repair companies to look at what it would take to seal the cracks, replace the filters, and otherwise allow the existing pool at Riverside Park to serve summer swimmers for another season or two. Complications have pushed back the timeline for the proposed new municipal pool. The latest holdup is the fact that a land swap north of Thoreson Park will not be financially viable due to the cost per acre quoted by the landowner.

"The cost per acre is more than the current price of area farmland, which is not uncommon when procuring land for development," city administrator Penny Clayton said. While the Parks & Rec board at its Monday evening meeting acknowledged it would be good to have that land for the new pool and for additional parking at the ballfields, this delay may have pushed the pool project back nearly to square one.

"We're not at square one, because the pool committee put in a lot of work to create a viable and fun pool design, and the community weighed in," Clayton said.

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Clayton said the pool committee will begin meeting again, and may reach out for more community input.

See more in Thursday's edition of the Estherville News.



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