Proposal for new pools part of capital improvements package; voters to decide on package in November

Tulsa city officials are discussing plans for the capital improvements package, and if approved by Tulsa voters, residents could have a few new places to cool off.

The city has five pools and a number of water parks it maintains. One proposal by Tulsa Parks staff has the city replacing three of its existing pools that need the most upgrades -- McClure, Lacy and Reed -- with new pools that cost less to maintain.

"We have five pools that we operate, it's just that they are pretty boring and they are not the kind of pool that makes you get really excited about going to," said Lucy Dolman, City of Tulsa parks director. "They do the job, and we teach swimming lessons there, but what we really want is an interactive family play."

City of Tulsa spokeswoman Michelle Allen says it costs approximately $352,000 to maintain all five pools for 10 weeks.

Replacing each pool would cost anywhere from $3 million to $4.5 million. The funds would come from the capital improvements package, on which voters must still vote in November.

The new pools would boast slides, lap lanes, diving boards and more play areas.

If taxpayers pass the capital improvements package, construction on the new pools is expected to take about two years.

To read the full proposal and see a mock-up of one of the new pools, visit http://media2.kjrh.com/html/pdfs/pool_proposal.pdf .

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