Fayetteville considers more pools

July 5, 2012 1:33:17 PM PDT
The only City of Fayetteville owned pool in Cumberland County is really popular when the outside temperatures reach triple digits.

Too popular in fact.

With some 200,000 residents in Fayetteville and another 100,000 in the rest of Cumberland, city officials say there's too much pressure on the only public pool at Seabrook Recreation Center. People come from miles away to use the pool.

"The children take swimming lessons here so we're here every day for a two week period and them we come periodically because we don't have a swimming pool in our area that we have access two," explained Cumberland resident Amy Bartlinski.

So, the city-county parks and recreation department has put forward a proposal to ask voters to approve a bond referendum that would pay for five new swimming pools spread throughout the county. It would include a senior aquatic center.

Some residents said they like the idea.

"Well it's important because right now swimming lessons are held only in one pool. And so if I sign up in Spring Lake rec center I have to come all the way to Seabrook to have these swimming lessons. So, I think to have a pool at different location would definitely benefit the community," said Cumberland resident Jonathan Tupuola.

The total cost for the pool plan is about $55 million. The city wants to put about $47 million of that on a public bond referendum.

If the proposal is put on the ballot and approved in February, it would increase city property taxes by about 2.25 percent per $100 valuation next year.

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