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Bismarck Park Board Looks To Remodel Hillside Pool

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The Bismarck Park Board is planning big changes for one of it's oldest community facilities.

Today isn't exactly ideal to be lounging poolside, but even when weather permits, the 60 year old aquatic center isn't what it used to be. The park board agreed to put about $3-and-a-half million to remove asbestos and start renovating the pool.

The Hillside facility is suffering from collapsing water lines underneath the pool and asbestos in the locker rooms, but the park board is working to keep it part of the Bismarck community.

"The hillside pool project is a wonderful project because of the history of the park, and the history of the pool. I can remember my growing up days in Bismarck, and I swam over there I took junior lifeguard lessons, and it has been such a wonderful pool over the years," says Park Board President Mike Schwartz. 

The plan is to revamp the showers and changing rooms, and to build water slides, lap lanes and a playscape for toddlers. They are also looking to build an open area for lessons.

"In addition, we're going to provide a second level that will be available to the community throughout the year. It could be used for family gatherings meetings and other types of rentals," says the director of Parks and Recreation Randy Bina. 

And even though the outdoor pool is only available a few months a year, Bina says it will be money well spent.

"What the citizens have told us and what various surveys and input meetings etc when the weather's nice, they like to recreate outside," says Bina.

The plans should be finalized in May, with construction beginning in August. The renovation will take place through the winter, and Bina says they hope to reopen by summer 2015.

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