Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Wilder complex considers new pool

By William Croyle
Enquirer contributor

If he builds it, will you come? That's what developer Kevin Molony and Campbell County officials are asking county residents as Molony contemplates constructing an outdoor swimming pool at his Town & Country Sports and Entertainment Complex in Wilder.

A survey on the county Web site (www.campbellcountyky.org) asked residents if they would pay a one-time fee of up to $900 and an annual family membership fee of up to $360 for an outdoor pool that could include swim lessons and a swim team.

The survey is the result of the county's parks and recreation master plan completed in 2002. In that plan, residents listed an outdoor family aquatic center as a priority.

But County Administrator Robert Horine said the county does not have the money to build one, which is why Molony's idea is being considered.

"The fiscal court is open to any creative ways to meet county needs without putting the burden on the tax-paying public," said Horine.

Horine said more than 100 responses have been received. Molony said they are mostly positive, but that he would need several hundred more to justify undertaking the estimated $700,000 project.

"I know the need for an outdoor pool is there, but we need to determine whether the people would support it," Molony said.

Memberships to the pool would be open to the public but would be separate from the rest of the Town and Country complex. However, those belonging to the outdoor pool could upgrade their memberships to use the complex's other attractions, including the soccer and basketball courts, indoor pools, miniature golf and a driving range.

Cold Spring resident Dave Graff returned his survey in favor of the pool.

"Our options here are fairly limited," said Graff. "We have nothing in Cold Spring or Alexandria, and we want something with swim lessons. It would be nice to have."

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