Like many municipal swimming pools, the Lions Field Pool in Charles City is “under water” financially.
Park-Rec Director Tyler Mitchell reported to the City Council Monday (12.04) night that his talks with other Park-Rec Directors, including Waukon, New Hampton, West Union and Manchester, all had one thing in common: pools don’t make money.
About a million dollars in repairs and renovations could extend the life of the pool, almost three decades old, by another 20 years. If the City doesn’t make that investment, Park-Rec Board chair Jeff Otto said the pool will lose more water and money and staff.
Councilman DeLaine Freeseman noted that financing large projects like the pool are a tough balancing act.
The Council took no action on what to do next with the pool, but they have discussed borrowing up to $910,000 to cover the most needed maintenance to extend the life of the pool.