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City seeks ideas for new Edgemoor pool, may replace Country Acres pool with park

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 10, 2013, at 7:33 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 6:36 a.m.

As the city prepares to rebuild the Edgemoor swimming pool, park officials will meet with area residents in coming weeks to see what kind of fountains, slides and other amenities they would like to see included in the design.

Park officials also will meet with people who live near the Country Acres swimming pool, but they say that pool will most likely be replaced with a park.

Both pools were closed last year because of structural and plumbing problems.

Park and Recreation director Doug Kupper said Friday that the Country Acres pool at 705 N. Country Acres in west Wichita was built on a hill on a small lot. He said that makes it an undesirable location for a new pool.

But Kupper said the Edgemoor pool at 5811 E. Ninth St. in east Wichita faces no such problems and will likely be rebuilt. He said the pool – which would be called the Edgemoor Park Aquatics Center – would cost $3 million to $5.5 million, depending on the design, and would open in 2015 at the earliest. He said the money would probably come from the city’s capital improvements budget.

Kupper said the city needs to make decisions soon in order to line up the necessary funding and find designers for the new pool.

Park officials will meet with neighborhood groups in coming days to set up meetings for those interested in the future of both pools.

Kupper said residents can offer their thoughts about what they would like to see in the new Edgemoor pool by visiting www.activate-wichita.com and following the Edgemoor pool link.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com.

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