De Pere Council votes for aquatic center

De Pere city officials said something needed to be done with two deteriorating city pools

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) – De Pere’s city council voted Tuesday night to eliminate the city’s two swimming pools and replace them with one aquatic center.

The council debated whether to renovate the existing, aging pools, which would cost about $1 million each, or build an aquatic center for about $3.5 million.

The parks director says both pools are deteriorating and saw attendance declining in recent years.

 

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Tuesday night De Pere Common Council will take up a vote deciding whether to keep its two city pools or replace them with a new aquatic center.

City park officials say something needs to be decided sooner rather than later for the old and deteriorating pools.

“They’re very old and they’re very tired and we need to something with them not saying we need to replace them but we need to do something with them because they are starting to deteriorate and break down,” said Marty Kosobucki, Director of Park, Recreation, and Forestry in De Pere.

City parks officials will present costs and options to the Common Council, but there’s a lot more that will go into the final vote.

“There’s a more economical way of doing aquatics than we’re doing right now, but who is to say what the value of those pools are to the communities, does that outweigh the cost,” said Kosobucki.

The unexpected costs of repairs, sometimes thousands of dollars, affects taxpayers so it’s either renovating the two pools, a cost just over a million dollars for each, or get a new aquatic center with a price tag of about $3.5 million.

“I think it’s going to come down to cost, tonight we’re just looking at whether it should be one pool or two pools. We’re not looking at where, if it’s one pool, where it’s going to be located,” said De Pere Mayor Michael Walsh.

Another issue city parks will present to council is the falling attendance rate at each pool every year compared to others in surrounding towns.