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O’Neil pool to be demolished for new aquatics project, plus other changes in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON (HOI) - The City of Bloomington announced the O'Neil pool will be demolished this year after 46 years in operation.

The city said it's outlived its operational capacity expectation by 21 years.

“The guidelines that are here and the ones we know are likely coming due to COVID-19, combined with the condition of O’Neil Pool, made this a no-brainer. Let’s have a big win for the community out of this," said Tim Gleason, City Manager.

The city said the demolition could begin as early as June, but they don't know how much this new aquatics project might cost.

The city already budgeted for the design work. They've allotted $738,000 for the bidding process on designs. That means a completion date for the project is not in sight yet.

The Holiday pool will also be closed this summer and 4th of July festivities at Miller Park are also a no-go.

However, the city said registration for parks, recreation, and cultural arts programs opens May 20th for residents, and May 27th for everyone including non-residents.

“We’re taking time to figure out what summer programming will look like with any COVID-19 guidelines,” explains Cultural Arts Director Jay Tetzloff, “but there will be programming.”

Molly Jirasek

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