Opportunities for input on Erb Park pool plans
Thanks to all our residents who have expressed an appreciation or concern for the Mayor’s proposed plan for Erb Park’s pools in the 2016 budget. We want to reiterate that this proposal is subject to approval by the Common Council and explain how the process will work to determine the fate of the pools.
The pools are 36 years old and have been maintained well beyond their 30-year life expectancy. However, the main pool which holds 500,000 gallons of water began experiencing water loss of up to 100,000 gallons a day in the second half of the swimming season this year. Once the pools were drained this fall, pool consultants were brought in to determine the source of the leaks. The leaks were found to be so significant that an immediate decision on future of the pools needed to be made.
By the numbers here is a summary of the options that were presented to the mayor:
- $3.5 million – The cost to repair the Erb Park pools without making any upgrades to the pools or other park facilities. This option only marginally extends the life of the pools.
- $8-12 million – The cost to replace the pools, locker rooms, parking lot and pavilion at Erb Park.
- $3 million – The cost to build a splash pad along with other needed upgrades to the locker rooms, pavilion and parking lot.
There is a public hearing on the proposed budget at 6 p.m. on November 4 at City Hall. This is the opportunity to for any community members to address any items in the budget, including the Erb Park pool plans. Your input and participation in that public hearing is strongly encouraged. Council members do take your feedback seriously and appreciate the input and suggestions offered by our citizens.The council will vote on the proposed budget and any amendments made to it on November 11 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and speak during public comment at that meeting as well.
Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 firstname.lastname@example.org.