Fate of Two Pasco Neighborhood Pools

<p>Pasco Pools</p>

Pasco Pools

Two City of Pasco pools may be torn down in the next several months.  The Kurtzman and Richardson Parks' pools are on the verge of demolition following last night's city council meeting.
After months of debate about how to get the best value for the city's dollar, the council is on the brink of deciding to scrap both of these pools.  The bottom line?  To bring both of these pools that were build in the 1960s up to code, is going to cost about $3 million.

Twenty-year-old Felix Rivas grew up near Kurtzman Park. When he was a boy, he says it was one of the best ways to stay cool during the hot summer months.

"Came to visit evey once in a while when it was really hot. We didn't have to take a bus or anything like that, we just come here," said Rivas.

The Pasco city Council has been considering demolishing the Kurtzmann pool as well as the pool at Richardson Park.  Parks and Recreation staff have made recommendations to tear the facilities down. 

City Administrative and Community Services Director Rick Terway says fixing the 50-year-old pools would be a bandaid solution, and also a safety hazard.

"The pool decks are uneven, the tank that holds the water is cracking and hard to seal. The gutter system and pumping and filtration systems are all worn out," said Terway.

He admits the city knows residents would prefer to keep their neighborhood pools.
"But from a city's standpoint, from a budget standpoint - the city is three times the size it once was, and there's no way that it can keep building pools in neighborhoods and keep maintaining it at that level," said Terway.

Meanwile the Regional Public Facilites District is still mulling over a proposed water park on Sandifur Parkway near Road 100, the cost of which would have to be approved by voters.

"That's a consideration but it's not a part of this particular discussion about the existing neighborhood pools," said Deputy City Manager Stan Strebel.

Terway says pool repairs would not be cost effective.

"As funds become available we'd look at putting spray parks in various areas of the city to give the citizens the water activities they like to have during the summer," said Terway.

Rivas says he simply feels bad for kids who won't have the same opportunities he did growing up in his neighborhood.

"It's gong to effect the kids that live in this area, like they're not gonna have any other really close place to go swimming. It'll probably make a big difference to them," said Rivas.

The decision on whether the pools will be torn down will take place in about a month. The cost of razing the two pools runs about $60, 000.

There will also be several more inspections and based on those finding, a decision will be made, but the city says the public pool at Memorial Park will continue to operate.