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Sioux Falls Swim Teams Looks Forward To Possible Indoor Pool

April 10, 2014, 7:08 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Sioux Falls Swim Teams Looks Forward To Possible Indoor Pool

On Tuesday, 70 percent of Sioux Falls voters voted "no" for the construction of an outdoor pool complex at Spellerberg Park. That vote leaves room for an indoor pool in the area. It's something some swim team members are looking forward to.

Summers mean swimming for area swim teams like the Snowfox and the Sioux Falls Seals and soon swimmers across Sioux Falls could see a new indoor pool option.

"I'll be honest with you, I'm very happy for the Snowfox Swim Team, but I'm elated for the citizens of Sioux Falls and what they have," President of Snowfox Swim Team Russell Miller said.

Because of a "no" vote on Tuesday, it has left room for an indoor pool to be built at Spellerberg Park. He says an indoor pool will give him and his team another place to practice all year long.

"I don't have to cram all the fun in the sun and the pools into the 60 or 70 days, which I do vacations, bike, hike, all that kind of stuff. Now, I can do it in October and December when there is zero other options," Miller said.

Other KELOLAND families say they could use the aquatic facility too.

"We are active swimmers and we'll definitely use the facility," Community Swim 365 co-chair Susie Patrick said.

If an indoor pool is built, the Snowfox Swim Team says it could grow its program to people of all ages.

"What I hear from our coach and the board of directors is that if I only had more lane space we could add more people," Miller said.

"Swimming is a lifetime sport, it's something that can be used from anyone that's an infant to a senior, so to build this for the community is really what it's about," Patrick said.

According to Save Spellerberg Park's website, the group that wanted to see an outdoor pool at Spellerberg, it's not opposed to a public indoor pool, but they believe the park is not an appropriate location for the large facility.

In Mayor Mike Huether's victory speech on Tuesday he looked forward to what he wants to accomplish in the next four years, one thing he mentioned was a new indoor aquatic center.

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