You may recall that a few months ago, an aquatics engineering consulting firm hired to create a 10-year aquatics master plan for Sioux Falls recommended building a large, indoor aquatics facility at Spellerberg Park within the next two to three years, citing its central location and size as the determining factors.
Estimated cost for the indoor facility would be about $18.5 million. The pool would draw more than 80,000 visitors a year and bring in an estimated $355,823 a year, according to the study.
A number of other suggestions came from the study, including: Maintaining family aquatic centers at current locations; maintaining the wading pool and spray park at McKennan and Pioneer parks, respectively; adding a sprayground to Frank Olson; and adding a medium-sized family aquatic center; all at a cost, during the next 10 years, of about $27.6 million.
The study, in its entirety, has become available to the City Council, and will be presented during the informational meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. I’m not sure if there will be any new information presented, but I did take a gander at the study posted here, and it includes some comments given after the initial recommendations, and they’re pretty interesting. No names or affiliation with any groups are included in the comment.
City residents will get the opportunity to vote on a whether or not to replace the aging Spellerberg pool with a new outdoor pool next April, after petitioners got enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.
Here’s some of the comments, broken down by category: