Community Pool And Spray And Play Park Essay

942 Words Jun 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Edwardsville will provide locals with two new water features this summer, a community pool and “spray and play park.” These two projects happened separately, but combined they will give people two new ways to cool off during the heat of summer.
Community pool In the fall of 2015, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville reached out to Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton about the city’s interest in taking over Cougar Lake Pool.
The outdoor pool, located at 88 Recreation Drive at SIU Edwardsville, had seen a decrease in student use. Budget cuts also made it illogical for the university to continue operating the pool.
“We’ve always had a desire for a public pool,” Katie Grable, assistant director of parks and recreation for the city of Edwardsville, said. “This is always something we knew the community wanted, so whenever the opportunity was presented to us by the university, it seemed like a good fit.”
Edwardsville has desired a water feature for years. In 2014, the city conducted a survey that showed residents “had a strong desire” for a water feature in the community, according to Grable.
Edwardsville has a 10-year lease agreement on the pool, with the option to renew the lease every year. The city pays the university $1 a year to lease the pool, and the city has to pay for much of the maintenance and upkeep of the pool.
After SIU Edwardsville contacted Patton, he reached out to Robert Jackstadt, mayor of the Village of Glen Carbon, about partnering with the city to run the…

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