An April vote will decide whether a new outdoor pool will be built at Spellerberg Park. If people say no on the outdoor plans, city officials will move forward with an indoor facility.
"We just don't have that unless you belong to a gym or something, some of them have pools but not everyone can afford gym memberships," Sandra Ruth said.
Ruth is a tenant at the Park Ridge Galleria with Parkridge Shoes and Shoe Repair. She is excited for a new pool across the street. However, she sees a major plus to the indoor facility. She believes it will help the central part of the city continue to prosper at the same rate as the edges of town.
"There's a lot of small, single-owned businesses upstairs and if they can gain some foot traffic and some recognition and there's a pool involved in it, why not?" Ruth said.
That point is shared by another Park Ridge tenant, Claude Krause with Western Barber. He says the indoor pool will offer a bigger bang for your buck, especially since it would be open year-round.
"365, that's a better investment for more people. Plus, we can have state meets, we can have regional meets," Krause said.
Ruth and Krause both have heard complaints about potential traffic with the indoor pool, but they swing that problem to a positive and say the people are going to come no matter which plan moves forward.
"In the summer, the pool that's there now, it can be full on a really, really hot day, but obviously if they make a larger facility and it draws more people, there's going to have to be more parking," Ruth said.
"We're going to have traffic no matter what. We're going to have plenty of traffic no matter what because the town's growing. It's growing," Krause said.
They're both excited with whatever plan is approved, but from what Krause and Ruth have gathered from their customers, they believe the indoor pool has the most momentum.