Sioux City council members look for ways to make pools profitable
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Keeping a pool in top shape takes money.
That's why Sioux City are leaders questioning the future of one of the city's least popular pools.
Cook Park has long been the target of talks of closure. City leaders say that won't happen this summer, but one council member's idea could mean big changes in the future.
"Just tear it all out, start over with a new kiddie pool with free admission, and a concession that would help cover the costs," said Sioux City Council Member Keith Radig.
Replacing the main pool with a large kiddie pool, council member Radig says, would cut down on chemical costs, maintenance, and personnel. Monday night, council members were asked to sign off on a $55,000 paint job for the pool. The maintenance is necessary to pass health department inspections and reopen for the season. How many seasons this old pool has left, is unknown.
"I think the community is voting with their feet on which pools they go to, and that one clearly gets the least amount of users," Radig pointed out.
The pool sees nearly five-thousand swimmers in a given year and is used by many groups like its neighbor Girls Incorporated. The Parks and Rec Department says many of the city's aging pools need maintenance. Before sinking more money into them, Sioux City's mayor called for a study of all the five of the city's pools to come up with a long-term plan.
City leaders say it's too close to the swimming season to make any changes, this year, so all of the pools, including Cook Park's, will open on time.
Click here to find out when your neighborhood pool will open for the season.
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