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DeKalb Park Board hears Hopkins Pool options

Cost of various plans run from $1.8 million to $5.6 million

DeKALB – A renovation that would keep Hopkins Pool running for the next 15 to 20 years would cost nearly $1.8 million, members of the DeKalb Park District's ad-hoc Pool Consideration Committee told park board members Thursday.

That estimate includes a minimum renovation to the 40-year-old structure by replacing aging mechanics, pumps and the concrete deck. It assumes the pool shell is structurally sound.

"It wouldn't address a lot of the aesthetic issues, but ... that would go a a long way to assuring that we have swimming in Hopkins Park for the next 20 years," said commissioner Keith Nyquist, who drafted the pool report DeKalb Park Board members received.

For $3 million, the district also could renovate the wading pool, large water slide, shade structures and build new deck structures. The park district would have to spend $5.1 million to $5.6 million for an extensive renovation that also would upgrade the bath house, replace existing slides and re-route Dresser Road, committee members found.

The 27-page report didn't advise board members what direction to take or require immediate action, noted commissioner and pool committee Chairman Per Faivre.

“Over the next couple months, I'd like the board to reflect on this and then bring it to the table on how we're going to move forward,” Faivre said.

The report is the result of six months of work on the part of the pool committee, which was formed to gather facts about the Hopkins Pool and present them to the park board. The district has until 2015 to have a plan in place to make the pool comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Newly elected board members rejected an up to $6.4 million replacement plan and talks with the Sycamore Park District on a joint facility failed last year.

The district has $550,000 available every year for capital projects until 2019. After 2019, the district will have an additional $353,000 because it will have paid off bonds for the Sports and Recreation Center.

Lisa Small, superintendent of finance, said a 15-year $1.8 million bond with a 4 percent interest rate would cost $162,000 annually, meaning the district would have to wait on some other capital projects.

“We'll be able to make it work if it's what the board decides,” Small said.

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