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The Moundridge public swimming pool was a topic of discussion at the City Council meeting recently. Recreation Director, Vicky Kessler told the Council that last year they spent nearly $38,000 on maintenance and operation of the swimming pool. The pool is leaking and it's becoming more serious. Kessler told the group this year the pool has been losing water at a rate of about 8 inches per day. When more water is added they also have to add more chemicals, which is driving up operational costs.
Having a swimming pool in a community our size is a quality of life issue. Kessler said a total of 126 kids took swimming lessons this year in Moundridge. Some came from neighboring communities for instruction. But the average daily attendance at the pool is slipping as more people are going to neighboring communities that have splash pads and newer pools and other amenities.
City Administrator, Randy Frazer talked with the Council about engaging a pool consultant to do an assessment of the current swimming pool and make recommendations on what repairs could be made. What changes could be made to the pool or what a new pool might look like at the current location or elsewhere in Moundridge. None of the options would be cheap. Other communities in Kansas have recently constructed splash pads that cost $600,000 or more. Pools can cost in excess of $1 million to make improvements to existing facilities or to construct entirely new swimming pools.
The Moundridge swimming pool is one of several topics the City plans to cover in a series of community engagement sessions later this year. Wichita State University will assist the City with the "community conversations" as part of the process to update the City's Strategic Plan.