AURORA | Residents in the Pheasant Run neighborhood are upset that the city wants to redevelop two closed pools into spraygrounds.
Aurora City Councilman Bob Roth will host a meeting Oct. 10 to discuss the issue and hear residents’ concerns.
In early September, council members presented a proposed 2013 budget that included redeveloping the Pheasant Run and Village Green pools into spraygrounds at a cost of $1 million. The Pheasant Run pool closed in 2009 and the Village Green pool closed in 2010 because of budget cuts.
Some Aurora residents, including Janice Gibson, took issue with the city’s proposal.
“I wonder why you would spend (money) to convert an already established pool with a splash park,” said Gibson at a council meeting in early September. “Why wouldn’t the money be spent to open the pool and maintain it?”
Nyla Frye, another resident in the Pheasant Run neighborhood, said she didn’t feel like neighbors had input in the process.
“Frankly, it’s very disheartening that we have no say in what happens to our pool and the fight against Aurora’s bureaucracy is tiring,” she said.
Frye said many neighborhood kids are too old for a sprayground but would benefit from the pool.
Jason Batchelor, the city’s finance director, said the operating costs for spraygrounds are much lower, and the city doesn’t have to pay for a lifeguard and chemicals needed to keep the pool clean.
“This is a great way to put in an amenity for the community while not necessarily increasing operating costs back to what they were,” he said.
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