Wichita citizens could notice a significant change in the city’s pool system stemming from a plan proposed to city council members on Tuesday. The plan would reduce the number of city pools by half, dropping from 10 to five.
Of the five pools that stand to be removed, the plan suggests that four would be converted into water playgrounds, and would highlight child-friendly features such as slides and wading pools.
The last pool for which the plan suggests removal would become a launch site for boats, granting access to the Arkansas River.
By implementing this plan, the city would be able to conserve some of the funding that is currently being spent on water, lifeguards and operations at the five pools.
Currently, the plan is only a proposal, which city officials are to consider. It has not yet been put to a vote, nor has a date been set to do so.