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Proposal would replace Denison's aging city pool

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Denison's Waterloo Pool dates back to 1965. (KTEN)` Denison's Waterloo Pool dates back to 1965. (KTEN)`

DENISON, Texas -- The Denison Parks & Recreation Department is looking at its options for the future of the city's Waterloo Pool.

There's a growing list of needed repairs at the indoor facility which dates back to 1965. 

"A diving board needs to be replaced, and that's about $20,000," said Parks & Recreation Director Christopher Mobley. "And a vacuum needs to be replaced too, and that'll run about $6,000."

While those repairs will keep Waterloo Pool afloat for the short term, Mobley suggests that it may be time for the city to think big.

"What we're trying to do is stimulate some conversation and discussion about what we want to do with the pool afterwards... whether it's just 'fix it the way it is right now,' or do an aquatics center or a bigger indoor facility," he said.

Last month, Mobley presented the City Council with the two ideas to replace Waterloo Pool after noting a surprising increase in revenue and participation.

"Doing the repairs that we've identified right now its close to a million-and-a-half [dollars], and that would fix the things needed to be fixed, but it really wouldn't improve the facility a lot," he said. 

And that's why Mobley is proposing that the city consider starting over with a replacement for Waterloo Pool. 

The pool, at 1501 West Brock Street, is open seven days a week.

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