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City approves outdoor pool and spray park

The Times-Argus of Central City, Kentucky

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For the first time since the Great Depression, Central City residents will see a new outdoor pool constructed.

The city council voted 7-0 on Wednesday, Aug. 11 to build an outdoor pool and spray park behind the Wellness Center, just off Golden Tide Boulevard.

According to David Rhoades, city administrator, the only bid for the project came in at $991,000 from Tridente Inc. of Cincinnati. The firm has done work for Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Fla., among others.

The new pool will be "L" shaped and 4,500 square feet—the same size as the Delmas Gish Municipal Pool, which was built by the WPA back in the 1930s. The Gish Pool closed in 2010 by the state health department due to numerous problems. The old facility had leaks to the foundation and problems with the filtration system.

The new pool will also have a diving board at one end where it will be 12 feet deep, and a walk-into pool at the . other end. Additionally, it will include a 100 square foot children's pool with one low impact spray or water feature.

The adjoining spray park will be 2,500 square feet. It will include eight-10 water feature elements, such as water canons, mushrooms, etc. The city can pick out what they want, according to Rhoades. A possible theme may be considered in keeping with the Central City High School Golden Tide ship, utilizing a wet deck area plan view to reflect a ship outline with associated flags and features.

Showers and restrooms, as well as a concession area will be located in a 2,500 square foot building.

The new facility will be built at the back of the existing parking lot for the Wellness Center, and will be surrounded by a six-foot high chain link fence.

The adjacent Hester Soder house was torn down in July. That lot will become extra parking for the pool and Wellness Center.

According to Rhoades, the outdoor pool is expected to be open Memorial Day Weekend in 2011 "and we hope to keep it open past Labor Day. Construction will hopefully start in September...that's the plan."

As an extra bonus, the city also plans a regulation size sand volleyball court at the site.

The city conducted a survey in late July to see what local citizens thought about the outdoor pool, which will be paid for with funds generated from the three percent restaurant tax that was enacted in the city in 2007. That tax brings in over $30,000 a month to the city. That tax also allowed the city to construct the $3 million-plus Wellness Center that opened last year.

The center includes fitness and weight-lifting equipment, junior Olympic size indoor pool and other amenities.


Only six people sent in forms saying they opposed the new pool, while 267 city residents were in favor.

Seventy-six opinions came in from people outside of Central City, and all 76 were in favor of the pool.

"This survey told us that the people wanted an outdoor pool in Central City. I knew that residents wanted a pool and that we had a lot of public use at the Gish Pool," said Rhoades.

In 2009, the Gish Pool would average around 100 people a day in July.

"The Gish Pool was just worn out.

The city has no plans at this point for the Gish Pool, although several options have been discussed," said Rhoades.

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Original Publication Date: August 18, 2010

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