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Published November 04, 2010, 09:51 PM

Riverside Pool Cost Less Than City Expected

Originally the city had estimated to pay around $25,000. But Riverside pulled in over $46,000. A nice surprise for a pool that was closed for seven years.

A much-talked about swimming pool didn't cost the city of Grand Forks as much money as anticipated.

The Riverside Pool was closed for several years because it's located on the wet side of the dike. It re-opened two years ago after almost 70 percent of the city voted yes. Now, the city says the pool has saved them more than $15,000.

Originally the city had estimated to pay around $25,000. But Riverside pulled in over $46,000. A nice surprise for a pool that was closed for seven years.

"There were more swimmers than we expected, which is wonderful and they controlled costs better than expected," said Grand Forks City Council member Eliot Glassheim.

After some flood problems, the pool re-opened for the first full summer in 2010. People filled up Riverside, without hurting business at the Elk's Pool.

Plans for a deck expansion are underway to give people more space at Riverside. If next summer is anything like this summer, they'll need it. The estimate for the deck expansion is around $12,000, which will come from a greenway fund.

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