Proposed Elk Point swimming pool

These are the preliminary plans for the proposed Elk Point swimming pool.

The committee working on bringing a new swimming pool to Elk Point has released a preliminary plan for the facility.

The project relies on support from the city, in the form of a $1.5 million bond that will be voted on Tuesday, April 14. (See box below.)

The bonds will be issued for 20 years, at approximately 2.6 percent interest. The estimated cost to property owners, owner-occupied, will be about $88 a year per $100,000 of valuation.

Committee spokesperson Marcee Irlbeck said the committee is working to raise funds to help pay for the pool. They already have a number of monetary pledges. They also have pledges of volunteer labor, which they hope will build the bathhouse and surrounding fence.

The plan is not finalized, but it shows what $1.5 million could build. It was designed by Carrothers Construction Company.

Swimmers will enter through a bathhouse and see a zero-entrance pool, designed for the youngest swimmers. The pool will gradually deepen through a swimming area that leads to the diving well.

Irlbeck said it’s a project the city needs if it wants to grow.

“If you look at our surrounding communities… we’re competing with Dakota Valley, we’re competing with Vermillion, Sioux City, for families to come live in our town,” Irlbeck said, “and Elk Point’s got to offer something other than our fantastic school… we need to offer things for children to do.”

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.