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Published September 29, 2011, 04:41 PM

EGF Pool Repairs Costly; New Pool Even More

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - City officials are considering closing a 48-year-old pool in need of repairs.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - City officials are considering closing a 48-year-old pool in need of repairs.

The repairs would be rather costly and there are several options officials are considering.

The East Grand Forks pool draws in more than 10,000 people in the summer, but costly repairs are making officials question what to do.

It's a place people like 5-year-old Faith Tuinder have gathered to splish, splash and have fun in the sun for nearly 50 years.

"I like to go swim and go on the slides," Faith said.

But the East Grand Forks Pool is in need of some costly renovations.

"We're basically going to bring in somebody to see if we have to repair it or replace it, I mean there's quite a lot of difference in the amount of money that is needed," Dave Aker, with EGF parks and recreation said

The pool has leaks, a sagging deck and is not up to code. Repairing all this could cost up to $1.6 million dollars. And building a new pool has an even higher price tag of $7 million.

"We're going to discuss options whether to do a rehab, completely replace it, there's discussion of possibly building an indoor facility," city council member Mike Pokrzywinski said.

The East Grand Forks city council will meet next month to determine the future of the pool, and residents might get to weigh in on that decision.

"If we put on the ballot rehab-ing the pool at a hefty price tag and the voters reject it, there's always a possibility we won't be able to keep the pool open for the long term," Pokrzywinski said.

City officials want to keep the only pool in East Grand Forks open and running so kids like Faith can keep having fun with their families.

"I like going down the slides with them," 5-year-old Faith Tuinder said.

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