De Pere City Council votes to move forward with aquatic center

De Pere VFW Pool (WLUK/Mike Raasch)

DE PERE (WLUK) --- The De Pere City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with replacing its two current pools, with one aquatic center.

Marty Kosobucki, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry said the two pools were deteriorating and needed to be fixed or replaced.

Right now there is no intended location for the aquatic center.

The estimated cost of building the aquatic center is $4 million, but city leaders say that could change.

"The actual dollar amount is pretty tough to project mostly because we don't know where it is going, we don't know what it is going to look like," said Kosobucki. "So the number is very generic for what it costs to do an aquatic center."

At Tuesday's meeting some De Pere residents like Pete Blashka, were in favor of replacing the two current pools with the aquatic center.

"I think you ought to go with the one pool, even though I don't swim, I have grandkids that do, and great great grandkids that are going to be there in another year," said Blashka.

However, other residents like Paul Baeten, said having two pools gives more people access to use them.

"I just want to say I'm still in favor of the two pools mainly for the demographics of our city. We can't separate ourselves by a river I know that, but it's not going to help us any to have one big pool sitting on one side of the river," said Baeten.

Kosobucki explained this was the first step in the project and the two current pools are expected to run as usual for the 2017 summer season.

"We are planning on having our pools up and running just like they were this summer," said Kosobucki.

The next steps in the project is for the city to find a location and figure out how it would be pay for the new aquatic center.

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