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Dubuque seeks public input on proposed aquatic center

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The city of Dubuque is exploring the possibility of teaming up with the Dubuque Community School District on building an indoor aquatic center.

The idea comes as the school district's swimming pool at Hempstead Senior High School is aging and in need of many repairs.

"The assessment established that the $1.4 million improvements needed would still not bring the 43-year-old pool up to current competition standards," according to the city of Dubuque.

The district said it will replace the pool, but it has gone further and invited the city to explore the idea of teaming up to build an indoor aquatic center the entire community can use. The city currently has two public swimming pools, both of which are outdoor.

The city already held one public input meeting about the proposal. The next will be on April 22 at the Five Flags Center's Majestic Room, at 405 Main Street. People can learn more and give their opinions at either of two sessions that day. One is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the other is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the two sessions, the study’s consultants will share a series of possible design concepts. People attending the presentation will be able to offer feedback.

The City Council and Board of Education jointly chose Novak Design Group to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the possible creation of a new, stand-alone indoor aquatic center.

"The study will help determine the potential impact of an indoor aquatic center as well as what such a facility would look like in order to meet the needs of the school district, the city’s leisure services department, and the community as a whole," the city of Dubuque said.

The study will also try to estimate approximate costs and funding options for the aquatic center. The school district currently has $7 million in one-cent sales tax dollars earmarked for the project as part of the district’s long-term facilities plan.

People who can't attend either of the presentations on April 22 can provide feedback online. That site is here: http://cityofdubuque.mindmixer.com

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