Thompson Park Pool Back On City Council Agenda

Thompson Park Pool Back On City Council Agenda

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When the Watertown city council meets for the first time with its two new members next week, one of the first topics will be fixing the Thompson Park pool.

The pool has been closed since 2013. Now, the new council will consider fixing up both the pool and bathhouse at an estimated cost of $2.4 million.

The money would be added to this year's 2017-2018 budget. 

Council members have discussed the topic many times and now council member Mark Walczyk says he thinks they have the votes to do it.

"Council simply hasn't made a decision and we're finally in a position where we can make that decision and move forward with renovating the pool and the bathhouse in Thompson Park."

Walczyk says the pool and bathhouse would be renovated in the summer of 2018, at the same time a new splash pad is built.

If approved, council will also have to pass a bond ordinance yo pay for the project, for which they'll need a "super-majority" of four votes. Council member Cody Horbacz and incoming members Ryan Henry-Wilkinson and Lisa Ruggiero tell 7 News they support fixing the pool.

The $450,000 splash pad is being built with money from a grant, donations, and the city budget.

The city council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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