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Pool demolition added to Gainesville agenda

POSTED: January 3, 2013 11:59 p.m.

The city of Gainesville is set to demolish the historic Green Street Pool if the City Council approves the renovation at Tuesday’s meeting.

City Council members approved adding the parks and recreation item to the agenda for next week’s meeting at its work session Thursday morning. The parks department is asking for $175,000 in impact fee funds to create green space on the pool’s site and make improvements to Wessell Park’s tennis and basketball courts, said Director Melvin Cooper.

The two recreation areas are community eyesores, Cooper said.

“We look forward to moving these two projects along,” he said.

The city plans to repair the multiuse courts at Wessell Park and install walls to deal with soil erosion at the site. The dirt from those repairs will fill in the pool. The city will keep the pool building and give it a new roof and renovate the restrooms when more funding is available.

Cooper said he hopes to complete the two projects by mid-August. The city expects to begin the bidding prequalification process on Jan. 13.


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