July 28, 2014

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Ask in 2008 and Avon shall receive a community pool

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AVON — City Council has discussed building a community pool after a 2008 survey of households indicated that having a swimming pool was important to the majority of residents.

Mayor Jim Smith said the city has focused on other projects, but the city has been working to create a complex for residents in which a pool could be built. A 2008 Avon Parks and Recreation survey showed that a majority of residents believed a pool was “very important” to the city, according to the survey provided by the Parks and Recreation Department.

The pool, which is still being discussed by City Council, would be funded by income tax and borrowing money, which Smith said conservatively would be paid off within seven or eight years. The pool is estimated to cost $3.5 million to $4 million, Smith said. Operation costs would be offset by membership fees.

Plans discussed include a main pool, wade pool, lazy river and a 25-meter lap pool within the pool complex, which would be off Detroit Road.

“Most of the people who move into houses have young children. … They like having a swimming pool for their kids,” he said.

Smith added that there also would be programs for senior citizens.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.