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Competition pool nixed from Cedar Valley Sportsplex plans


Plans for a new $26 million sports complex in Waterloo are being scaled back, since the pace of fundraising is slower than expected.  And with less cash, one key feature of the sportsplex is now being wiped out.

This summer, more than 700 swimmers and 1200 spectators packed the Falls Aquatic Center in Cedar Falls for the "Summer Sizzler Swim Meet".  Local swim clubs were hoping to host more events like it, year round, at an indoor competitive pool to be located at the new Cedar Valley Sportsplex in Waterloo.

"We were hoping to get some more kids locally active in the sport of swimming and teaching them swim lessons.  Then also, hopefully to have a great facility to compete in," said Nick Lakin, head coach of the Black Hawk Area Swim Team.

The sportsplex is set to be built near 3rd and Jefferson Streets in Waterloo.  But since fundraising has come along slower than expected, the competitive pool now is not included in the plans.

With a pool no longer in the picture, the price tag of the new Cedar Valley Sportsplex is a bit lower.  So those involved with the project are hopeful that ground can now be broken here next year.

But even without a competitive pool, planners say the new facility will still be viable and draw thousands of visitors each year.

"Well the facility is still going to have a leisure pool, all the various sports courts and so forth.  The field house is probably one of the most exciting aspects of this facility.  It'll allow for indoor soccer, which is really something we don't have in this community or anywhere near to it," said Paul Huting, director of Waterloo Leisure Services.

 And in the long term, if the sportsplex is successful, funds may be raised to add on a competitive pool down the road.

Those involved with the Cedar Valley Sportsplex project are hopeful that state grant funding can still be secured to help pay for construction.  Initially, it appeared that "Vision Iowa" funds would be off the table.  But now, some of those grant dollars might be available to help fund the sportsplex.

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