Pool closing to make way for bigger‚ better amenities

The university’s decades−old swimming pool is closing this summer due to rising maintenance and repair costs. But this is not the end; instead‚ this closing will lead to positive changes‚ such as a new recreational aquatic center and a place for additional student fitness programs.

Georgia (Apr 19, 2006) — The university’s decades−old swimming pool is closing this summer due to rising maintenance and repair costs. But this is not the end; instead‚ this closing will lead to positive changes‚ such as a new recreational aquatic center and a place for additional student fitness programs.

“The decision to close the pool was an extremely difficult one‚ but one in the best interests of the university‚” Dean of Student Success Charles Bowen said.

The average annual cost to maintain the pool is more than $63‚000‚ and the cost of one staff member to maintain the pool is $44‚720 annually‚ he added. In 2004‚ an engineering study said that due to the pool’s age and condition‚ the costs far outweighed the benefits.

For example‚ less than 10 percent of pool usage is by students‚ faculty and staff‚ and‚ with so many outside groups using the pool‚ traffic and safety issues‚ as well as increased liability concerns‚ have become more significant‚ Bowen said.

“Along with the decision to close the pool comes a resounding and collective charge to plan for an aquatic center to meet KSU’s future recreational and academic needs‚” Bowen said. “Such a center is part of the KSU Master Plan and will become a reality once funding is obtained.”

Bowen added that funding could come from a portion of the student recreation fee‚ as well as donations from individual and corporate benefactors.

“Everyone involved is committed to an aquatic center‚ but it’s going to take a substantial amount of funding‚” Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Ralph Rascati said. “Since the pool will be mostly recreational‚ it is unlike that we will get state funding for it. It’s going to take some time.”

Rascati said the aquatic center will probably include an enclosed Olympic−sized pool with a built−in diving area. No location has been determined yet.

Plans for the current swimming pool include filling it in this summer to create additional space for the university’s rapidly growing student fitness activities. According to Rascati‚ the area will be used for spinning and aerobics classes‚ which are in high demand.

Meanwhile‚ the university is making arrangements with local facilities for physical education classes requiring a pool. Any outstanding contracts for external users of the pool will be honored through May 26.

“We hope everyone will be excited about the expansion of our fitness programs‚” Bowen said‚ “as well as the opportunity to plan for a new aquatic center that will be a vital component of KSU campus life.”




 

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