Plans For New Municipal Pool Moving Forward In Estherville

Thu 1-10-2019

(Estherville)-- Plans are moving forward for a new municipal swimming pool in Estherville, but whether or not they become a reality will likely be up to voters. It comes on the heels of an engineer's report that determined it wouldn't be feasible to make repairs to the existing pool, which is located in the flood plain of the Des Moines River.

The city's Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously earlier this week to proceed with a design for the new pool as recommended by a committee, and that it be located at the Regional Wellness Center.

City officials now plan to apply for grants, but they say most of the project would likely be funded through a bond issue that could go before Estherville voters as early as this coming August. If approved construction would start in 2020 with the new pool opening in the summer of 2021. The project has an estimated cost of slightly more than $3.6 million.

A new splash pad is also planned at the Regional Wellness Center. It's scheduled to be opened this coming June 30th. The city is contracting with the RWC to have open swimming at its indoor pool during the upcoming season at the same rate as what was being charged at the outdoor pool.