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'INADEQUATE FACILITIES': District discusses aquatics options

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With 2014 being the final year for Burnworth Memorial Pool, which city officials opted to close due to financial strains, the community is working together to discuss the future of aquatics — both recreational and competitive.

An Aquatics Task Force has been formed to assess options, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools addressed its needs at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Tim Bloom is part of the Aquatics Task Force speaking for the school board and the district’s swim teams.

“If you compare us to other schools in the area, our facility is inadequate,” Bloom said. “Other schools like Wawasee, Warsaw, Carroll, Homestead and East Noble have outstanding facilities for their students. That’s not something we’ve been able to provide.”

Columbia City High School and Indian Springs Middle School currently use the Whitley County YMCA’s facility to practice and host meets. The YMCA also has its own swim team.

Currently, there is a conflict between the area’s competitive swimmers and people who use the pool for therapeutic uses.

The biggest issue — water temperature.

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