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Supporters Of Indoor Pool Speak Out About Petition

May 7, 2014, 6:09 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Supporters Of Indoor Pool Speak Out About Petition

Some of the members of the Save Spellerberg group are not giving up their fight against an indoor pool in their neighborhood.

Monday, opponents filed a petition to put restrictions on any indoor pool built in the city. However, supporters of the proposed pool say these guidelines would hurt future progress.

"This will be kind of the rising star, I think, not just for South Dakota but for this part of the country," Snowfox Swim Team President, Russ Miller said. 

The proposed indoor aquatics facility for Spellerberg Park would be a first of its kind for the area.

Snowfox Swim Team President Russ Miller says the indoor pool would be a great opportunity for more people to get in the water.

"Swimming in Sioux Falls is really Memorial Day to Labor Day. That's the only time people seem to find the opportunities. The pools aren't open before that. Now they have the availably to spread that all out," said Miller. 

The petition filed Monday asks for strict guidelines on any indoor pool built in the city; including four lane access roads and at least 350 parking spots.

Parking was one of the first arguments against the new pool at Spellerberg. Events such as swim meets could bring a lot of people to that neighborhood. Miller says even with big meets, parking shouldn't be an issue.

"It's like horse racing. Swimming is like horse racing. We can't all be in the pool at the same time. So we don't even have all the people there at the same time. So over 2 days, there might be 200 people there at one time. So the spots are 250, there's plenty of spots to park," said Miller. 

Because of City Council votes this month, the petition group only has a few weeks to get more than 7,000 signatures to stop the council from moving forward. Something Miller isn't sure can be done.

"I'm thinking that's probably not very likely. I wish them the best of luck. I certainly don't, I'm not cheering against anyone here. Let's put it that way. They've got their right and we'll see how it goes," said Miller.

Sioux Falls' City Council will discuss funding the indoor pool at Spellerberg Park at its meeting next week.

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