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Possible New Slide for Lions Club Pool

The H-F Park District Board of Commissioners may be reallocating budget money to install a new water slide at the popular community pool.

might be getting a substantial addition next year.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board of Commissioners discussed the feasibility of pursuing a new water slide to replace the current, aging one at .

“Basically, (the current water slide) is a 21-year-old wooden tower,” Park District Director Debbie Kopas said. “At that age, we realize it’s nearing the end of its useful life.”

The new water slide is not part of the current budget, though. had originally planned on entering into a joint project with the to replace the shared roof of the and simultaneously, cutting down costs in the process. Since then, however, Homewood has reallocated budget money in favor of funding the in , according to Kopas. As a result, the commissioners are now considering using the roof money, budgeted at roughly $100,000, for a new water slide.

While building specifications have yet to be determined, all commissioners agreed to lean towards a higher-end model (similar to the accompanying diagram) since the project is such a long-term investment.

“If the funds allow, I personally feel the bigger the better,” President Steve Johnson said. “We have to live with this for (at least) 20 years.”

But Johnson’s concern for roof lingers:

“Can we, as a afford not to put a new roof on () right now?” Johnson said.

The district will be working to determine how imperative the roof replacement is. The answer will likely determine the ultimate water slide decision.

Resident October 05, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Weeee! I cannot wait for the new slides!
Kim October 05, 2011 at 04:10 PM
I'd like to know how many pool membership/residents used the current slide this summer and after it's built, will there be additional fees to use it? Do they believe it can boost membership and interest in swimming? I would love to see it become bigger and better, but what is the actual cost of the project and how many people will it serve? Just some questions. I thought Dolphin Lake closed because people weren't using the pools as much these days. "Park District Executive Director Debbie Kopas said season pass-holders were down from about 1,900 in 2000 to fewer than 1,100 in 2009 as families opted for more organized recreational activities for their children. "Your real target market is stay-at-home moms and stay-at-home dads, and there just aren't that many of those anymore," Kopas said. "You just can't afford to operate a pool for three months out of the year anymore, so everybody is closing pools." Park district residents still will have Lions Club Pool to cool off in this summer. But it's uncertain how long that pool may operate — it and Dolphin Lake have lost a combined $729,000 since 2001." http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-03-31/news/ct-x-s-evergreen-aqua-0331-20100331_1_pool-officials-evergreen-aqua-park-membership
J.J. October 05, 2011 at 05:40 PM
In the short term, it would probably increase the amount of people at the pool. That being said, the excitement will wear off pretty quickly.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 05, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I've got another question: Which water slide would you want to try the most?
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) October 05, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Thanks for addressing this important concern, Kim. I'll keep these questions in mind for follow-up stories.
Karen Kurowski McHugh October 06, 2011 at 12:48 AM
My family purchases a family membership every year for the past 8 years. Our children enjoy the slide, especially during adult swim when they aren't (weren't) allowed in. But this past summer both expressed disappointment in the fact that the slide was more for little kids. (They are older teens who do still enjoy the pool almost daily) I think it would be a nice addition, especially since many communities around Homewood have upgraded aqua centers that feature slides like that puposed here. If it's a possibility, I think the PD should make the investment. I do believe it would bring in more people, and for more than just one season.
J.J. October 06, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Looking at all 3 slides, Im kinda saddened that none are open air.
dragonfly963 October 07, 2011 at 01:04 PM
A new slide would be great, but my kids really miss the diving boards at Dolphin Lake.
Homewood Neighbor October 07, 2011 at 08:12 PM
I agree.
WA Mama October 09, 2011 at 10:10 PM
What a waste it would be, to spend money on this slide.
Lilly Melin October 10, 2011 at 12:08 AM
I think it would be a nice addition to the community and I think it would be a draw for people wanting to move into the area.
Juli October 10, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Having an open air slide was my first thought as well. The closed ones can be scary for the kids (both my daughters would choose an open slide, ages 7&8), and open ones enhance the experience for adults. I would keep a closed one for the older kids, though. I can also tell you my kids mention wanting to go back to Skyline, citing the better slide and diving boards. Diving boards would be a great addition as well.
citizen October 12, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Stores shutting down, Property taxes higher, more people unemployed. It's great that the park Dist. has so much excess money. Wonder where they get it from? If they have so much how about helping H.F. and giving it back. Oh! They never do that, do they! They have to tax and spend, tax and spend. Don't worry about the poor over taxed people! Maybe, what we need is a NEW Park Board that cares about who elected them. Remember this when You Vote for them.
WA Mama October 12, 2011 at 01:32 PM
I think that if the auditorium needs a new roof now, then it will need a new roof later. Why aren't we saving the money for the roof? If I had money I was going to spend on a new roof for my house, and I put it off for a few years, if I then took that money I had allotted and went and bought a big-screen TV, then how would I make more money for the eventual roof? Is it that easy for the PD to come up with another $100,000? And frankly, I don't WANT to attract more people to the pool. Between the lap swimmers, swimming lessons and the people who just want to play around, I think we've got enough people crammed into one pool without inviting more.

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