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Community looking for new ideas for pool program

One idea floating around town is putting something at Memorial Park, off 15th Street, mostly because it is under used.

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 8:54 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2018 10:10 PM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - People in Auburn are looking for new ways too cool off after the city closed the Auburn Community Pool.

One idea floating around town is putting something at Memorial Park, off 15th Street, mostly because it is under used.

"Beautiful day like this and no one is at the park," said Ken Muzzillo, who lives across the street from the park.

The park was once home to youth baseball games, but now it is hardly used.

Auburn city councilman Mike Walter has a vision to bring new life to the neighborhood.

"You would most likely expect most cities the size of Auburn to have something like that," said Walter.

The city closed to Auburn pool because it cost too much to make the needed repairs.

It was a move that surprised many in the community.

"Now they don't have anywhere to go. Where are they going to go? They're going to go to Garrett. I used to go to the pool all the time when I was a kid. I'd ride my bicycle down and that's where we hung out all summer long," said Muzzillo.

Muzzillo said it would be great to see something happen on the 12 acres at Memorial Park.

"It's a good place to have it and it would bring some people over here," he said.

The vision includes doing this in phases, starting with a splash pad.

"Things for the kids would be a good place to start. Then the opportunity, perhaps if money permits, to move ahead with a deep water pool," said Walter.

These plans are still in the early phases.

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Y is offering discounted passes to use their pool.

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