BG pool opening goes swimmingly PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:22
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File photo. A lifeguard (left) keeps watch while people use the lazy river during the grand opening of the Bowling Green City Pool. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The city pool and waterpark saw lots of use over Memorial Day weekend - and the sales of passes have already outpaced last year.
Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Grigore told the board Tuesday that more than 1,500 people went to the facility Saturday, Sunday and Monday to cool off in the warm, sunny weather.
Of those patrons, nearly half showed up on Memorial Day.
Grigore also indicated sales of season passes to the pool are up, already topping total sales from last year.
"It was fun to go over and see the activities," said Mayor Richard Edwards, who attended the meeting.
Grigore said the pool and waterpark will be closed this week while Bowling Green schools are still in session, but it will reopen Saturday.
There are also plans, she said, to keep the pool open on weekends once school is back in session in the fall, through Labor Day.
Changes in leadership were also on the board's agenda.
It was announced that Tuesday night's meeting would be the last for longtime member and current board chair Jodi Anderson.
Anderson, who has been on the board for more than a decade, is term-limited.
Edwards rose at the meting to recognize Anderson's service.
"Especially I think of your leadership with the pool levy, and that meant a great deal of difference there," he said.
"It has been a wonderful 10 years," said Anderson, noting a number of changes in the city's parks over that time, including the creation of the Simpson Garden Park and the addition of Tucker Woods.
"Our parks are obviously something our citizens value, and they continue to show that over and over again."
Anderson's spot will be one of two vacancies on the board; another member, Matt Partin, recently resigned from the board due to other commitments.
Edwards said he will recommend the appointment of J.D. Pooley, photo editor of the Sentinel-Tribune, and Monique Rosati, director of operations for the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, for the two vacancies. The appointments would then be submitted for the approval of City Council.
At the meeting, current vice chair Kent Strange was elected as board chair, current secretary Karen Rippey was elected as vice chair, and member Chris Scholl was elected as secretary. Cheryl Windisch was chosen to continue on as representative to the Parks and Recreation Foundation.
In other business, the board:
• Heard from Municipal Administrator John Fawcett that demolition of the former Ridge School building is set to commence around June 8. The city is working on plans to turn the area into park space.
Fawcett said the contractor for the project is required to have the building demolished and the area seeded by the end of June.
"If you've been there, you'll see they've already got the fence up," he said, indicating that bricks from the school will be taken to the city's Public Works garage and made available to residents.
• Unanimously approved a proposal to abolish an additional $25 rental fee for the Green Shelter at the pool and waterpark that would otherwise be charged to non-residents.
Rental of the facility is $150 for each 3-hour time block.
It was judged that the additional fee might discourage potential renters. The rental fee does not cover admission to the pool, which is 50 cents more for non-residents.

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