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Sylacauga Parks and Rec. proposes new splash pad in wake of city pool damage


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – A splash pad could be replacing the city’s pool this summer.

The potential splash pad project comes after a major leak was discovered in the city pool that may push the pool beyond the possibility of repair, according to Sylacauga Parks and Recreation Executive Dir. Jim Armstrong.

At last week’s city council work session, Armstrong and the city discussed the project at length. Armstrong reported to the council the pool would be nonoperational for the 2020 summer regardless of the decision to go with a splash pad rather than repair the pool.

The proposal for a splash pad has been sent off to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), and is awaiting approval before construction can begin. At the point of approval, ADECA will send back a price range, and then blueprint plans will begin.

If approved by ADECA, the splash pad will begin construction around the end of April, according to Armstrong.

“There are two sides to the sword,” said Armstrong. “Some people are very upset about the pool, but there are others who are really excited for the splash pad possibility.”

There is a possibility of a new pool being built, but no timetable has been set.

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