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City of Scottsbluff and SBPS deciding future of Splash Arena pools

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The  City of Scottsbluff is working with Scottsbluff Public Schools to determine the best course of action regarding the popular indoor and outdoor Splash Arena swimming pools.
Scottsbluff Public Schools own both indoor and outdoor pools but have been in a 'joint use agreement' with the City of Scottsbluff since 1975.

According to the agreement, operation costs for the indoor pool are split 50 / 50, and the city is responsible for 100-percent of the outdoor pool's maintenance.

With their 20-year-long lease agreement set to expire in 2015, city representatives and school officials are discussing options for the future of these facilities.

Scottsbluff City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the pools are a valuable asset the city wants to help keep open.
"The point that we're at right now is looking at the costs of the various improvements that will have to be made or the various maintenance items," says Kuckkahn.  "And then try to come up with a prioritized list of things that need to be done to ensure the pool remains open in the long term."
The school board recently determined the cost of needed renovations to exceed one-million-dollars.

Some necessary improvements include roof repair, pool deck and wall structural repair, and mechanical/air handling repairs and replacements.
Over the coming months, the City of Scottsbluff and Scottsbluff Public Schools will be collaborating to determine the best available solutions for the continued use of these facilities.

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