By Sarah Lang
For the Times Sentinel
A new city swimming pool at Lebanon Memorial Park is officially a go after final funding approval by the Lebanon City Council at Monday’s meeting, June 10.
Congratulations were expressed to Parks Director John Messenger and Parks Board President Laurie Gross following the meeting as the two had been working on this project since 2011. Council President Jeremy Lamar said Messenger and Gross and the rest of those who worked on the project did an outstanding job.
“We’ve talked about this over several different meetings, every possible option was discussed,” he said. “I don’t know how many times the council has heard about it. I make the motion to approve.”
The issuance of bonds up to $2 million for the pool was approved unanimously.
The process began with discussions in 2011. Messenger shared the dire condition of the existing pool, which is 34 years old, and that it would cost more than $1 million to temporarily fix it. The council approved around $35,000 in January 2012 for engineering firm Hannum, Wagle and Cline to develop a conceptual design. Public meetings were held, and surveys were sent to city residents, so the parks department could determine what features they would like to see in a pool. Suggestions were heavily weighted in the final design of the pool, which includes a beach-entry leisure pool, a lazy river, and multi-use pool area that can be used for lap swimming. More features, like slides or a wave pool, can be added in the future.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.