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Washington Considers Closing City Pool

The Washington Aquatics Complex, comprised of a 50 meter pool and diving tank, could be turned into a splash park. That's the word from Washington Parks Director Darren Dunkle at a recent Parks Board Meeting.  Dunkle says the pool has had an annual net cost to the city of over $100,000, and noted several other municipalities, such as St. Clair, have closed their pools and converted them to splash parks.  The Washington Aquatics Complex was first opened in 1936, and has been in continuous operation for over 80 years.  The pool has been managed by a private contractor, Midwest Pool Management, since the city stopped managing it directly in 2005.  The Union Splash and Swim Plex is run directly by its parks department.  Dunkle has put a new $2,000,000 Parks and Recreation Headquarters building on the top of the park system's "needs list."  Also on the list is a second phase addition to the Optimist Skate Park.  Dunkle said at the meeting that he is looking for the input from the community on the pool and other spending priorities.


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