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COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 52 years, the Burnworth Memorial Pool has been part of Columbia Cityâ€™s aquatics â€” but a recent decision by the Columbia City Park Board to opt-out of its lease agreement, closing the pool in 2014, has left some community members with mixed emotions.
The tough decision was finalized after board members took hundreds of surveys into consideration from open community forums and online submissions.
Overall, those who attended and voiced their opinions at the forums said they were in favor of aquatics, and they wanted the city to look into something new instead of spending the estimated $1 million on Burnworth to keep it operational.
But not everyone shares the same opinion on the subject. Some area citizens voiced their thoughts on The Post & Mailâ€™s Facebook page.
â€śBig mistake,â€ť said Phoebe Roehrs.
â€śVery disappointed that this was the decision made..,â€ť said Tammy Wolfe.
Valerie Rouch said she has a lifetime of memories at the pool â€“ â€śsplashing, playing and swimming hardâ€ť at Swim Team Practices as a child, serving as a lifeguard and watching her own three sons learn how to swim.
â€śPlease think of a capitol campaign to raise funds for a new facility that will serve the needs of this wonderful community, Columbia City and its surrounding communities, â€ś said Rouch. There is a need. New memories can begin.â€ť
A 15-member Aquatics Task Force, including the members from the school system, government officials and community members will be formed with the plan to begin task force meetings at the beginning of next year.
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