A Plea to Save 2 Gahanna City Pools from Closing
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(James Jackson) -- Last Friday, there was a plea to save local pools.
Some people living in Gahanna are urging city leaders to keep two local
pools from closing permanently.
It's a summer get-away for
kids. But, Hunters Ridge Pool could close its doors next year. Steve Nye
is a swimming coach and has three kids who swim.
can't happen. It's such a vital part of the community. There's so much
involved in the pool and what's available at the pool," Nye said.
City Parks and Recreation officials say it takes about $310,000 a year
to run Hunters Ridge and the Gahanna Swimming Pool. That's a venture
they say is too expensive. Tony Collins is with the Department of Parks
and Recreation. "We have a five year financial plan that allows for a
sustainable operation in the city and unfortunately right now, there
just aren't enough dollars to be able to keep the ongoing operations
going," Collins said.
That's why Nye says he and a few other
businesses are trying to generate more money to keep those operations
going. "Going to try to combine with Columbus Pool Management and
Cardinal Concessions to put forth a proposal to be able to take over the
pools," Nye said.
Nye says the pools keep kids out of trouble
and in shape. His worst fear is for the facilities to someday be vacant
and eventually become eyesores. His proposal to keep that from
happening, will be ready for city leaders to review by the end of the