City Council hears plans for a new swimming pool

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Gaylord’s Swimming Pool Task Force, at a City Council workshop meeting earlier this month, presented plans for a new swimming pool to council members.

With deteriorating conditions at its existing pool, which is more than 40 years old, the City has had its sights set on a new facility. Citizens have also expressed interest in a new pool over the last two years.

A Swimming Pool Task Force has been developing plans for a new facility since April. The Task Force has been working with representatives from USAquatics. Members of the Task Force, in an attempt to see what would best fit Gaylord’s needs, also visited pools in Waseca, Redwood Falls and Sleepy Eye.

Presented to council members were two different options for a new pool. Both options included a lap pool and a recreational pool. It was also recommended by the Task Force that the new pool be constructed on the same site as the existing facility.

Council members Pat Pinske, Chad Muchow and Jessica Uecker all appeared in favor of moving forward with plans for a new pool. Council members Brenda Pautsch and Carl Wetzel were unable to attend the workshop meeting.

Public meetings are expected to be held in the future to discuss the new pool proposal. The goal of the Task Force is to begin constructing the new pool in the fall of 2010. That proposed start date is contingent upon available funds for the project.

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