After studying the situation for nearly four years, a special committee is at the precipice of announcing a capital campaign to secure funds for the total renovation of the municipal outdoor swimming pool and surrounding Gillette Park on West Bluff Street in Cherokee.
The plan calls for construction of a new city pool, and other possible amenities to be developed in the now under-used Gillette Park, including a hard-surfaced trail system, multi purpose basketball/tennis/etc. courts, picnic shelters and related equipment, ice skating/roller hockey rink, sledding area, and a skateboard park.
The committee has been and is currently exploring every funding avenue available, including seeking whatever grant monies there are available on both state and federal levels.
"We have to face the facts," said long-time committee member John Cook. "We have an antiquated pool fast approaching 50 years old. It was built in 1956 and the life expectancy of swimming pools is about 30 years. We have been very fortunate to exceed that by 20 years and that's a tribute to the city and its employees who have continually worked very hard to keep the pool up and running. Making continual repairs also is quite costly."