Neighbors Demand Changes To The City's Pool Plan


Neighbors are demanding changes after they discovered their local public pool is changing.

Residents voiced their opinions at a meeting with the Northeast Area Commission.

"The city made a decision to give us a pool without our input on what we want." said resident Willis Brown.

The City of Columbus plans to renovate the Maryland pool at Saunders Park to closely resemble the changes made at the Dodge Recreational Center. The renovations will include new diving boards, swim lanes and slides. The city says these plans have been around for 7 years.
"With a swimming pool, there's not a whole lot that changes because you still need to provide a lane for kids to swim in." Terri Leist, spokesperson for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
The city said the pool renovations were delayed because of money.  

"Things have changed. Our neighborhood is changing." Brown told 10TV's Jason Frazer.

In response, Brown said community members want the proposed pool doubled in size.
"We can have bigger meets and also generate interests in the neighborhood," said Brown.  

Better lighting and solar panels are also on his wish list.

"An Olympic size pool would add about three million dollars more to the cost," Leist told 10TV's Jason Frazer

Money the city says it just doesn't have.

"We'll still listen to what they have to say but i think we're pretty much on target with we need to be on building this new pool," said Leist.
 Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and completed by next summer.

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