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City Council Talks Whether to Close Ella Sharp Park Pool

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Jackson City Council will discuss closing down the Ella Sharp Park Pool this summer for renovations.

Kelli Hoover, Director of Parks and Rec for Jackson, wants people to know the pool may not be around come summer time.

She will present city council with a state of the pool address, recommending they close it for renovations.

"We've been able to get by on the organizational end because of the revenue and the generosity of the community, but now it's at a crossroads where we really have to address the structural end of the pool," said Hoover.

Through grants and community donations, Hoover says they've raised more than $60,000 the last few years to keep the 38-year-old pool operating. But topping the list of things to fix are rusty boilers, pumps and the bathrooms.

"It is a part of jackson. There's probably a lot of people remembering the patch that they sewed on swimsuits and road their bikes to the swim pool. It's an important part of our history and a lot of people learned how to swim there," said Hoover.

If it does close for the summer, they say aquatic programs and swim classes will be held across the street at Parkside Middle School.

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