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Event: Input sought about new city pool~ Thursday, Dec. 11th at 5:30 PM

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Input sought about new city pool~ Thursday, Dec. 11th at 5:30 PM
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff writer | November 28,2014

Rutland residents are being asked to talk about what they want in a swimming pool and where they want it.

The Recreation and Parks Department will hold a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Fox Room of Rutland Free Library to gather public input on swimming pool design.

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White’s Pool will not reopen this summer. The closure was announced after the release of an engineering study that put the cost of repairing the pool — fixing structural issues and code shortcomings — at $1.3 million. While the problems were nothing new, Recreation Superintendent Cindi Wight said having them detailed in written form could create liability issues for the city.

The Board of Aldermen voted last month to authorize a study of building a new pool — and possibly an indoor one — at Giorgetti Park. Rutland City Board of Aldermen

Wight said the feedback she has received so far has been largely positive.

“I’ve not had anybody call me that says, ‘Why would the city want a pool?’” she said. “I think people are open to the idea that we’re investigating all options.”

Wight acknowledged that there is a perception that the city cares only about Giorgetti to the detriment of its other recreation areas, and responded by pointing to the new playground equipment installed at White’s and the work underway at Rotary Park. She said Giorgetti simply has more room available for expansion.

“We’re not ignoring other parks,” she said. “Giorgetti’s just one of those parks where we have land. There’s not a lot of land not dedicated to fields at other spaces.”

The meeting is to cover not just existential and location questions, but also those about just what sort of a pool would be best for the city.

Wight is interested in whether residents want places to recreationally swim laps, competitive lap lines, suitable depth for diving, a diving board, slides, a spray ground and designs to accommodate aquatic exercise or swim lessons.

gordon.dritschilo @rutlandherald.com