Great move by mayor Jeff Longwell on Tuesday to put $4 million into the 2021 Capital Improvement Plan, funding construction of a new northeast Wichita pool.
The City Council had voted in May to trim the number of city pools to three by 2023, leaving no pool in northeast Wichita.
A splash park is planned for McAdams Park, which saw its pool closed for 2017. Organizers had protested the closing, but revenue numbers from past years showed the pool got little use.
Longwell’s motion, and the Council’s 4-3 vote, signaled a compromise. Northeast Wichita needs a pool for children from lower-income neighborhoods who might not otherwise have a place to learn to swim. A new pool with the latest amenities will be a go-to destination for many.
Longwell mentioned in an Eagle interview last week that Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center, four blocks west of Wichita State University at 2755 E. 19th Street, might be an option. Another option would seem to be Fairmount Park, 16th Street and Yale Boulevard, which had a children’s pool until 1998. It has since been removed and replaced with a splash park.