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City invites citizens to submit comments on Ewert Pool future

What do you see for the future of Ewert Pool and surrounding area? That is the theme for a survey included in a City study being conducted to learn what citizens want regarding Ewert Pool, other water-related features or different park amenities in one of the oldest park areas in Joplin.

Ewert Pool was first opened in 1925 and was one of five pools in Joplin in the 1940s and 1950s. In 2003 it was renovated into Joplin’s first aquatic center through the passage of the Parks and Stormwater ¼-cent sales tax in 2001.

Today. the City also offers swimmers two other choices with Cunningham Aquatic Center and Schifferdecker Aquatic Center. Of the three pools, Ewert Pool sees the least number of visitors during a normal season.

The survey can be found at . Citizens will respond to questions about Joplin pools, recreational preferences and possible park facilities in the future. Respondents are asked about their recent experiences at the City’s three pools as well as specific questions relating to Ewert Pool and surrounding property. Citizens can note their preferences about other option possibilities for this area and suggestions for the best interests of our citizens and community.

All citizens who have an interest in recreational opportunities in Joplin are encouraged to take the survey. The survey is available now for citizens to provide their thoughts. It will close on Thursday, August 27.

The City hired Waters Edge Aquatic Design from Lenexa, Kansas. as the consultant to help complete the study. Waters Edge has been instrumental in numerous aquatic projects in the Midwest including Joplin’s Schifferdecker Aquatic Center in 2013.

The first public meeting will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20. It will be held at Ewert Park.

Information about the current facility will be discussed along with ideas for other water features or recreational facilities.  The meeting is an open house format, so citizens may come and go as their schedules allow.

For more information about the Ewert Pool study, please contact Carla Bond, Recreation Manager with Joplin Parks and Rec department at 417-625-4750.

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