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City narrows down options for new Kirksville Aquatic Center location

Leaking pipes, rusting electrical boxes and issues with the water slide have plagued the existing pool. (KTVO File)

Plans are now underway to find a home for the new Kirksville Aquatic Center.

Leaking pipes, rusting electrical boxes and issues with the water slide have plagued the existing pool.

That's why this past April, voters approved the Half-Cent Parks and Recreation Sales Tax.

Funds from that tax will now be used to build a brand-new aquatic center and improve all city parks.

The existing center will also be re-purposed into a community center.

Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber told KTVO city staff have now identified potential properties to construct the new pool.

She said that council members recently narrowed down the list from 7 options to four.

"The next step will be to continue to evaluate the sites and determine what kind of infrastructure exists. With the land that is not owned by the city, how can we partner at the end of the day? What I've heard from the city council is they want to retain ownership of land.

The four possible locations are as follows:

  • North Park, where the city already owns land.
  • East Hamilton Street where land is currently owned by the Adair County YMCA. However, YMCA staffers told Macomber they could discuss the option to have the city own the land in the future.
  • La Harpe and Florence streets, where a plot of land is owned by Truman State University.
  • On Mill Street, close to where the current facility is located.

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