Three Grand Rapids pools to be demolished; cost $3m to build

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The pools at Highland, Campau, and Lincoln Park will be demolished in a decision made by city commissioners this week.

City spokesman Steve Guitar confirmed it'll cost roughly $370,000 to deconstruct; a fraction of what taxpayers shelled out to build them back in 2000 at $3 million.

"Well, they served a useful purpose. Pools are very expensive to run and based on the usage of the pool. There was this decision years ago to stop and close the pools," Guitar told FOX 17.

The city closed the pools in 2009.

"The last two years I was on the board, the economy just really turned and we did end up closing down the pools," Lynn Rabaut, former second ward commissioner said.

"If  I  remember correctly,  I was the one that brought up doing splash pads at the other places because it's a lot less cost-demanding on the budget. That was knocked down pretty quickly because the statement from the public was they wanted pools,'" Rabaut recalled.

Guitar said the city plans to construct water playgrounds at the parks. Lincoln Park already has one.

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3 comments

  • Bob

    I sure hope the money to demolished the pools in not going to be coming out of the money generated by the tax increase people voted in to improve our parks.

    • Andrew

      Yeah, and don’t forget the taxes that are still being collected to maintain the city pools. Did anyone get a rebate on that when these pools closed? I didn’t think so. That is a long standing GR tactic…create a project that serves a lot of people really well, get the taxpayers to agree to fund it and to fund the annual maintenance for it, then after a couple years downscale it so that it costs a fraction of the original cost to maintain but continue to collect the original tax amount and “free up” the difference to spend somewhere else (like on new pocket linings for the owner of a certain local construction company). That has been SOP for GR since the 1970’s. Nothing new going on here.

  • Andrew

    Get used to this kind of news, GR.
    Today it is the pools, tomorrow it will be the Silver Line, then all the “market rate” apartment projects that will have remained empty because nobody can afford them (unless a whole lot of really good jobs show up in the downtown area really soon) will turn into “whatever we can get out from under it for” rate apartments, and before you know it the house of cards economy GR has built for itself will come tumbling down. But all the “builders” will be retired and/or out of office by then, so who really cares, right?