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A Plea to Save 2 Gahanna City Pools from Closing

 Original Story featured on ABC6 On Your Side

GAHANNA (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.

"This just 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.

Gahanna 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 year.