Citizens propose the idea of a pool in new sports complex in Henderson

Citizens propose the idea of a pool in new sports complex in Henderson

HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson city leaders hosted a public meeting on plans for a new sports complex.

The meeting was set for Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Henderson County Extension’s Expo Center, 3341 Kentucky 351 (Zion Road), behind the Kentucky Farm Bureau office.

Several people spoke up at the meeting, expressing they would like to see a pool in this new sports complex.

“I’m having to drive my children to Newburgh and Evansville for swimming practice. There are infant survival swim lessons that my two younger ones have. You throw them in the pool and they can float, and it’s not because we’ve done it in Henderson,” said Henderson resident, Meredith Schmitt.

People say since the YMCA is the only pool around, another pool could bring more opportunities for local athletes. They say the YMCA doesn’t have diving boards, and if they built a new pool with diving boards, a diving team could potentially be created.

“The community needs a pool. The surrounding counties need a pool. It could be a regional complex,” said Lennie Underwood.

The 65-acre sports complex site is located on Airline Road near Bent Creek Subdivision and was recently annexed into the city.

The city’s special projects manager, Dylan Ward, says they hope to break ground in the fall. He also commented on the community’s inquiry about the pool.

“Unfortunately we do have some budget restraints, and figuring out a way to fund and finance a pool would take some time, money, and guess some more research,” said Ward.

By the end of next year, Ward says they’d like the softball fields, soccer fields, concession stands, and restrooms done. This portion of construction will cost four to five million dollars.

Ward says the additional parts of the sports complex won’t be developed for at least two to three years, leaving time to take the public input into consideration.

On February 9, project managers will present more plans to the city commission.

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