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Dellinger Park Pool Set for Improvements, But No Slide

The Cartersville city council voted down, 3 to 2, a proposal to install a slide at the pool at Dellinger Park.

Dellinger Park's pool is set for improvements, but they won't include the installation of a slide that would have cost the city of Cartersville an extra $114,000.

It was a move recommended by Parks and Rec Director Greg Anderson, but denied by the city council after much debate at Thursday night's meeting, The Daily Tribune News reports.

Should the council have approved a slide that cost about $115,000? Tell us in the comments.

The pool is set to see some improvements, as the council approved $975,000 worth of work, including some required by the Health Department, according to the council agenda:

  • Removal and re-pouring of concrete deck—about $75,000;
  • New doors, shower and fixtures for the bathhouse—about $20,000; and
  • Re-plastering of walls and floor of existing pool—$55,000.00.

The renovations—which include replacement of the existing bathhouse, the addition of water fountains and a new entry to the pool, according to the newspaper—will bring the pool and bathhouse to existing State Health Department code and the Americans with Disabilities Act, officials say.

The council approved the other items on its agenda, attached, including parking lot lighting for the new Steak 'n Shake.

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Brett January 05, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Everyone in the private sector is cutting their budgets but the city can think about spending our money on a $116,000 slide? I would like to see the city run more like a private business. If it doesn't bring money in, then why would we spend money on it? Let's be honest, a slide at the public swimming pool is not going to bring tax paying people or businesses into our city. I'm not sure that the determining factor for anyone moving into a new town has ever been how big the slide is at the public pool. Also, I would like to see a picture of this slide. I'm not sure that I've ever seen a $116,000 slide. And would Jayce Stepp have any family members that would be installing this waste of money? He seems to be the only one that cares about getting this thing installed. Next time, don't be too forward, it raises suspicion.
Kimberly January 06, 2013 at 11:03 PM
A slide, while a nice feature, will raise the insurance for the property astronomically! It is an accident waiting to happen and when a serious accident does happen, it will cost more to remove it. Kids have plenty of fun with water, water toys, friends, and imagination. Lifeguards have a hard enough time keeping up with all the people in and around the water and there is no way to keep an eye on the slide every single second as well. Horseplay is always involved along with impulsivity, immaturity, and adding a slide and a pool will be a recipe for someone to break a limb, neck, drown or end of with some degree of paralysis. Rather than an impractical, unaffordablably expensive slide, why not a large shaded area, like a breathable sunshade stretched across the west side that reaches from just off ground level to a few feet higher than the current fence level to block the direct afternoon sun's rays. The current shade options are woefully inadequate protection, the few shaded seats by the bathhouse fill quickly, and it is unbearably hot no matter where one sits. The reality of sunstroke is a very real one as there is really not a safe, shaded area to quickly cool off a person. People waiting during swim lessons, especially during the late afternoon lessons, need shaded protection from the direct rays, and need commercial fans to provide relief from the sweltering heat.
Cody Deterding May 30, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Is it still under construction I need awnser by tomorrow

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