The City of Guttenberg will break ground on a new swimming pool this fall, complete with zero-depth entry, six lap lanes, 13-foot diving hopper, large twisting slide, and shade features. Guttenberg voters cast ballots overwhelmingly in favor of a bond referendum to fund a new swimming pool in a March 6th special election. Since a capital campaign began last fall, nearly $900,000 has been pledged by local businesses, organizations, individuals, and supporters hosting fundraising events.
Guttenberg’s current pool dates back over 40 years and is largely inefficient, losing between 10,000 and 12,000 gallons of water daily. The vessel walls are crumbling and difficult to clean, and ADA compliance is an issue throughout the aging facility. The new pool will be accessible to people of all ages and abilities and is also expected to act as another draw to the river town, which thrives on tourism during summer and fall. The pool will provide swimming lessons to hundreds of local youth growing up along the powerful Mississippi River and will offer summertime employment to teens in the rural community.
Committee members have been meeting with Burbach Aquatics, Inc., for several years to determine the best course of action, which resulted in the design of the new pool and the successful capital campaign. The total cost of the new pool comes in at $4.05 million, and will be paid for by the ongoing capital campaign; up to $2.8 million in bonds; grants and in-kind contributions from local vendors. Grant dollars and in-kind contributions are not included in the $900,000 that has been pledged thus far, but are expected to total at least an additional $500,000. “The Wave of the Future committee is committed to continuing to raise funds through extensive grant-writing and future events with the goal of lowering the $2.8 million bond amount and thereby decreasing the burden on taxpayers,” say committee members.
Groundbreaking for the new facility is expected to begin this fall, with the first dive scheduled for the summer of 2019. To see pool plans and keep up with fundraising and events, visit the Wave of the Future on Facebook.
"Guttenberg voters invested in the future of their community by overwhelmingly approving the bond vote for a new pool. All the volunteers who worked tirelessly on this project are grateful for the support that was shown on election night," said committee co-chair Bec Knudtson.
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