The Cherokee City Council has given preliminary approval for a plan to replace the 48-year-old city pool with a modern $2.8 million outdoor Aquatic Center.
The complex would be located at Gillette Park, with $700,000 in additional amenities for the surrounding park area, includng a gazebo, outdoor ampitheater and playground.
The George Bacon Estate's $800,000 gift can be used as seed money, and a local fund drive is being considered.
The Aquatic Center would include an eight-lane lap swimming area, high and low diving, zero entry and shallow children's play area, two large twisting water slides, splash pad with a variety of toys, umbrella-shaded areas, observation deck, concessions building, bleachers, basketball half-court, and 70-stall parking area. The development does not include an indoor pool as does the aquatic center proposed for Storm Lake, but the pool would be heated to extend the season.