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May 17, 2018 The Hesston RecordMay 17, 2018 The Hesston Record

The End Of An Era

Posted 8/3/2017


July 12 will mark the end of an era in Hesston’s recreation history.  The Hesston pool will close to the public for good.  After providing decades of fun in the sun, the pool will be closed and replaced with a new facility which is currently under construction. The public pool, completed in 1971 was part of a five-year plan, which also included a nine hole golf course.

According to the first proposal for the pool was to “develop a community recreation facility for twelve months of annual use.  This will include an enclosed swimming facility which will provide for a year around public pool as well as supplement the schools physical education program with swimming and provide for competitive swim meets.”

Many Hesstonians may not remember, but the pool was originally built with a protective bubble, allowing for year-round use. The bubble was destroyed in 1973 or 1974 and never replaced.

Today, the pool is one of the most popular gathering places for Hesston young people with weekday attendance at over 70 people and weekend admission between 20 and 40 on the weekends according to Hesston Recreation Director Ryan Magill. 

However, with an annual operating cost of $40,000 and aging underground infrastructure, repairs and maintaining the pool have become more costly, including replenishing the inches of water lost each day. 

Magill added, the new pool will not only be more efficient, but with a zero-depth entry will be accessible to nearly all members of the community. 

Magill said having a pool is an important part of community culture. 

“It creates a gathering place in the community to encourage physical activity during the summer through recreational swimming, swim lessons, aquatic activities and supporting the swim team,” he said. 

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