Council Grove celebrates new aquatic center for Independence Day

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People in Council Grove are making a splash this Independence Day.

They’re celebrating a new aquatic center.

“Before the pool closed, I went everyday and I enjoyed it, but it was old and when they closed it down, I thought that everybody was kind of miserable,” says resident Jenna Blosser.

Kids felt the heat and so did businesses.

“There was a lot people taking their kids out of county, tax dollars follow them when they go out of county so we felt it was very important to try and keep those people here, give them a facility that they’d want to come to,” says President of City Council, Jeff Blosser.

Three years and $3 million in the making, Council Grove dives into summer with a new aquatic center.

“This facility is about 15 percent bigger than our old pool was and we have a lot more options for these kids,” says Mayor Steve Shepard.

Water slides, fountains, and diving boards are mostly funded from a 7/10 of a cent sales tax that start January of this year.

“There was a lot of negativity at first,” Blosser says, “But I don’t think anybody’s really seen the impact on their receipt at the end of the day.”

He expects that money to float back to the area.

“Tourism is a big thing for this small community with our historical district and, so we need to encourage growth and this is a facility that should help do that,” he says.

It’s not just about dollars and cents – safety plays a major factor as well.

“Two of the biggest economic driving factors in our county are our lake and our reservoir,” Blosser says, “And we need a safe place for kids to learn to swim.”

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