Bellevue Looking At New Aquatics Program
A new study proposes two new pools, three splash padsPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Bellevue, NE -- In April, Action 3 News first told viewers that the future of public pools in Bellevue is up in the air.
The newest of the five pools in Bellevue are decades old. City officials said they are outdated and rundown.
"I see it always packed and a whole bunch of kids coming from it," said resident Marcus Howard, who lives near the pool in Aspen Park. "Even after hours, there is a lot of people that rent out the pool for parties, for kids and everything."
While neighbors love the pool, the city isn't so sure.
Park Superintendent Mike Francis said it's no secret the pools are in rough shape.
"Four out of our five pools lose between 6,000-8,000 gallons a day," said Francis.
The city just got the results of a $26,000 study to help determine what will happen with the city's five pools.
It left two options.
The first one is the city can renovate all five at a price tag of $2 million.
The second option is to close all the pools and start over. The study recommends building two new pools and three splash pads. That would come at a cost of $8.5 million.
While the price tag is higher to rebuild, Francis said there will be financial benefits in the future. The city will save money because there will be less employees to pay and less pools to maintain
"All those numbers, in the whole grand scheme of things, will bring down the amount that we actually pay each year to keep the aquatic programs running," said Francis.
As far as a timeline goes, Francis said this is a few years down the road. He said this study is just a tool for the city to use.
"This document will help us be able to look at our upcoming budgets through the next few years and decide what we can and what we can't do," said Francis.
Part of the study was a survey for Bellevue residents to take.
Francis said the majority of the people who took the survey also want to see new aquatic centers.