Final Splash: Future of Lisbon Wading Pool Unclear
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
LISBON, Iowa - After serving the community for decades, the fate of the old wading pool is up in the air.
It could close for good at the end of the season after it failed to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA.
Lisbon Parks and Recreation Director Liz Neff said the pool has a number of issues. It's old and needs a lot of maintenance work, but the big problem is that it doesn't have the ADA entrance it needs for kids with disabilities. That would be one that slopes from the sidewalk into the water
City leaders are working fast to figure out how to keep the community from being left high and dry.
"We are on our last leg of compliance there,” Neff said. “So, we really need to find something to put in there.”
Sept. 3 could be the final time kids swim in this small wading pool. It's one that's been around as long as some can remember.
"I grew up in this pool here,” said Elizabeth Vedepo.
Vedepo now brings her 2-year-old to play in the same pool. For little Maddie, it's an endless source of splashing fun.
"I would like for it to stay because it's a great option for little people, but I understand it's probably kind of an expense too,” Vedepo said.
Neff said the wading pool is closing at the end of the season.
“Likely for good. We are just leaving our options open because we don't want to have a gap for the community. We want to make sure they have something in place,” Neff said.
City leaders said they want to make sure people always have some sort of water attraction to come back to. That means it's time to do some quick thinking. The city is pondering building a new wading pool with the sloping entrance and possibly adding a splash pad. As always, the mayor said money isn't easy to come by.
"We are just like any small community, tax money is hard to come by and you know there's other things. We can't just take $100-200,000 and just put it in the budget,” said Lisbon Mayor Beryl O’Connor.
The Parks and Rec Director is confident the city will come up with a plan. She thinks, if everyone puts their head together, they can raise all the money and have the pool project ready to go by next summer.
"It's going to be a race to the next season,” Neff said.
City leaders said keeping the current wading pool isn't really an option. The pipes are old and leaking. The maintenance needs are just too high.
Nothing is set in stone yet. City leaders hope to keep working on their pool plan at council meetings in the next couple of months.
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