Sioux Falls city officials are acting quickly at the chance to present everyone with their plan for a new indoor aquatics center at Spellerberg Park, with construction set to start next Spring and a completion date in the Fall of 2016.
"It will create economic development in ways we've never heard of in this town, and yes, it is a revitalization project for the Spellerberg area," Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether said.
Revitalization was a key word for at least one person listening to the presentation.
"That beautiful playground where my son grew up and also the sledding hill, which is so wonderful. None of that is going to be impacted, yet we get something more," Margaret Sumption said.
The choice to build at Spellerberg was key for wanting to have the space readily available in a central location, but the traffic it could bring is still a concern.
"It's not capable of handing that, and I don't care what anyone says, it's not feasible," Sharon Teunissen said.
Teunissen says the congestion with an indoor pool and the VA Hospital would just be too much to handle.
"They can plan ahead, but it will not handle the traffic. Go down there some morning at 7:30 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. when the veterans are all trying to go to the clinics. It's not feasible; it's not possible," Teunissen said.
The estimated cost of the project is $19.4 million. By utilizing money the city already has from a government bond reimbursement and potential sponsorships, this project could be built without adding any city debt.
"To achieve this project without the use of long-term debt ought to absolutely delight those folks who are genuinely concerned about the city's debt situation," Sioux Falls Finance Director Tracy Turbak said.
One of the reasons city officials want to replace the pool at Spellerberg is the poor physical shape that it's in, but the current plan is to have Spellerberg remain open until construction starts next year.