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Spellerberg Pool Petition Is Put On Hold

May 12, 2014, 5:05 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Spellerberg Pool Petition Is Put On Hold

A petition to slow down progress on an indoor pool at Spellerberg Park is on hold. The news comes just one day before the Sioux Falls City Council is set to take up the issue.

Those opposed to an indoor pool at Spellerberg Park feel encouraged following an announcement from Sanford Health.

"We are thrilled and excited about the surprise announcement by the Sanford Health Organization that they're going to commit a study for the feasibility for an indoor aquatics facility located at the Sanford Sports Complex," Public Pool Partners Spokesman John Matthius said. 

The group "Public Pool Partners" filed a petition initiative early last week to put strict guidelines on building an indoor pool, making it almost impossible to build at Spellerberg Park.

With the City Council set to vote on funding the pool on Tuesday, there were concerns the group could not get enough signatures in time to stop progress.

Now that Sanford is possibly getting involved, the group is taking a step back.

"For temporarily, we are suspending our petition gathering from our petition, in the hopes that the Sioux Falls City Council and the mayor will delay the vote until more information is forthcoming from Sanford Health," Matthius said. 

Matthius says since indoor pool construction wouldn't start until spring of 2015, the City has time to take a break.

"We don't believe that for the city council to pause at this point, wait for that additional information, that should not impact or slow down construction for an indoor aquatics center for Sioux Falls wherever it's constructed," Matthius said.

Sanford Health released the following statement on Monday, in regards to the pool study:

"Today, Sanford Health requested a meeting with Mayor Huether, Councilman Entenman and Don Kearney to clarify and discuss the matter of the Indoor Pool and Aquatics Center. The City Officials and Sanford had a productive discussion on the intentions of Sanford, the priorities of the City in regards to aquatics and continued collaborative approaches to keep Sioux Falls and our region moving forward.  

Sanford Health’s announcement to complete a feasibility study for a potential indoor aquatic facility at the Sanford Sports Complex was not intended to disrupt the City’s efforts to build a public indoor aquatic center at Spellerberg Park. Sanford Health fully supports the City of Sioux Falls’ plan to capture this long-awaited dream for our great city.

Studying the regional reach and effect of the Sanford Sports Complex will be used to help guide the organization’s future planning of the Complex. That process will also assess recommendations for facilities for competitive aquatic sports.  We continue to think big when it comes to our mission of athletic performance enhancement and sports medicine. The study suggested by Sanford will have a general theme of facilities and infrastructure at the Sports Complex that emphasizes high end, competitive training and development aspects. This is in contrast to the general recreational use of many neighborhood and community facilities that the City of Sioux Falls is better equipped and structured to provide. The study will be concluded in the late summer and information related to that study will be shared with the City.”

Nate White
Chief Operating Officer
Sanford Health

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