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Future of Wavering Aquatic Center up in the air

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The future of Quincy's Wavering Aquatic Center up in the air Monday.

Attendance is down, and the pool's overall condition is starting to deteriorate.

Quincy Park District officials met Monday to discuss what to do with the aging facility.

Wavering pool closed Monday for the season, but park district officials fear the pool could close down in the near future for good.

And now they're faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to re-build a pool that may not be worth fixing.

"The pool base has probably got a few years of life left in it, but it's getting up there our attendance is way down, it drains our operating budget because we lose money year after year on it," said Quincy Park board President John Frankenhoff.

Frankenhoff says since the pool opened in 1980, it hasn't seen any major upgrades.

And because of the deteriorating conditions, Frankenhoff says the park board has two options for the future of the facility: either completely re-build it-- which could cost anywhere from $3 million to $5 million.

Or, shut the pool down for good.

"It may not be close immediately say in 2015 but as soon as we hit a major expense, as soon as something major breaks, then we would just close it and say it's done," said Frankenhoff.

The talk of shutting down one of only two public pools in Quincy wasn't a popular idea with those who use it.

"It would be a bummer because most of my friends go there, that's how I met most of them, so I would be happy if it stayed open," said Kameron Fairchild.

"It'd be better if everybody got together and earned some money, and help it stay open," said Alice Myers.

"It's a lot bigger than Indian Mounds. I think it would be so much more crammed over there if they just did that one. I think they need to do something to renovate it," said Brad Ferrel.

Ultimately, Frankenhoff says the decision on what to do with Wavering will likely be left up to voters in November 2014. 

"All good things come to an end and it's expensive to re-build a pool, if the public says yes, we want that pool to be re-built, we can do that, if they say no it's too expensive, it's not needed, then it'll just be closed up," said Frankenhoff.

Frankenhoff says the decision to put the issue on a public referendum won't be formally made until sometime next summer.

 

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