Many upset Auburn pool won't reopen

The city of Auburn decided to not re-open the Auburn Community Pool this year because it will cost too much to make needed repairs.

Posted: May 24, 2018 9:55 PM
Updated: May 24, 2018 10:20 PM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - School is out for the summer in DeKalb County, but some kids won't have a way to cool off.

The city of Auburn decided to not re-open the Auburn Community Pool this year because it will cost too much to make needed repairs.

However many people at Eckhart Park in Auburn Thursday said the city should invest in the pool for the kids.

"Now what are they going to do? Go run around, rob a place, break into places, cause trouble, do drugs? Now you don't have a place for kids to go," said Dan Ohlemacher.

Dan Ohlemacher has been going to the pool for decades, even taking his daughter, Ali, who doesn't understand why the pool is closed.

"Why are they keeping it closed when all these people come to the pool and go swimming? It's always busy," she said.

The city said it is considering other options, including using the DeKalb County YMCA's new aquatics center and splash pad.

The Y is offering a discounted aquatics only pass for the summer.

However, many people said it's still too expensive, and they will miss features not offered at the Y.

"I will definitely miss going down the slide. Those slides are pretty cool. I'm a big kid myself. I just love that big red slide over there. It dumps you a couple foot in the air into the water," said Zackary Zuccarell.

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