Public Opinion Sought in City Pool Decisions
The City of Wichita has been working on an Aquatics Master Plan proposal that will renovate some city pools and replace others with water playgrounds. All of Wichita’s city pools were built before 1980, and it’s time for an upgrade. Now, city official are looking for feedback from the public. A meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 allowing the public to voice their opinions. The meeting will take place at the Edgemoor Recreation Center.
There is an $18 million for the current plan, which will replace just under half of the city’s swimming pools with new water playgrounds. One of the 10 Wichita city pools will be converted into a river launch, and the remaining five pools will remain open, and will be updated within the next seven years. Extended seasons are a possibility for these pools, and they may also see a change in hours of operation.
Development of the Aquatics Master Plan began in 2012, and surveys taken over the past few years were consulted when making decision regarding the plan.
In order to complete the project, the affected pools will have to be closed one year at a time, but each will reopen the season following construction. If carried out as proposed, work for the Master Aquatic Plan will begin in 2019 and the project will be complete by 2023.
Proposed Pool Changes are as follows:
- Aley Park – Closes for renovation in 2021; new facility to open in 2022
- Boston Park – Pool closes permanently in 2019, water playground to open in 2020
- Edgemoor Park – Closes for renovation in 2019; new facility to open in 2020
- Evergreen Park – Closes for renovation in 2020, new facility to open in 2021
- Linwood Park – Pool closes permanently in 2022, water playground to open in 2023
- McAdams Park – Closes for renovation in 2019, water playground to open in 2020
- Minisa Park – Permanently close in 2021, will reopen as river launch site
- Orchard Park – Closes for renovation in 2022, water playground to open in 2023.