Pecos Swimming Pool At Maxey Park Could Be Closed 9/25/13
September 25th, 2013
If Pecos voters approve a 2.5 million dollar bond in November, it will fund upgrades to Maxey Park, along with new recreational opportunities. Some people may be surprised to learn the pool could be shut down.
City Manager Fred Reyes says the city is putting together a master plan for Maxey Park, but right now, the plan calls for the swimming pool to be closed and completely filled in.
For a group of teenagers CBS 7 talked to in Pecos, the sport of choice in the fall is football. During the summer, nothing beats splashing around in the pool.
"In the summer me and my friends would just chill out and be like, maybe we should use the pool," said Julian Nichols, a Pecos resident.
But in recent years, these boys say they've stopped using the pool at Maxey Park.
"It is really old, there's a bunch of algae," he said.
Many residents CBS 7 talked to say they would like to see a portion of the bond money used to build a new pool.
"That's what we are trying to do, provide recreational activities that are supervised. Keep them off the streets, away from television, away from video games," said Nora Geron, a Pecos resident.
But according to City Manager Fred Reyes, that would require a new master plan.
"That is not part of the master plan, but those things we will iron out assuming this bond passes," he said.
Reyes says a new pool was not a top priority in original public meetings. If there's money left over and there's enough public outcry, it's still possible.
"When we finalize our master plan and city staff is working on that, if we are going to incorporate a pool, that we do it as part of the splash pad area," he said.
The city council will have final approval of the master plan. So if Pecos residents want a pool, they are encouraged to contact the city and council members about their concerns.