VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana community starts a million dollar pool project. It's a project the city said will bring new dollars into the community and restores it's summer centerpiece.
For several years, the city of Vincennes has searched for a solution to the deplorable condition of the community pool, Rainbow beach.
Earlier this summer, they settled on a new plan to build a pool and small scale water park.
Wednesday, the city broke ground on the new project.
In a short ceremony, the Vincennes' mayor and superintendent of parks explained how the community pitched in to make the project possible.
Last year the city held an election on a referendum on whether or not to even do the project. More than 80% of voters said they wanted an upgraded Rainbow Beach.
The new community pool will have lap pools, water slides, and a full family entertainment area.
To pay for the project this week the city will sell a 20 year bond worth more than $3 million. This time next year, new rainbow beach will be a reality.
"We've got a lot of our citizens that leave our community and go on to other communities for their swimming pleasures and hopefully come next year they'll stay in Vincennes and enjoy," Mayor Joe Yochum said.
"This summer not having a pool, that's meant a lot too." Parks superintendent Steve Beaman said.
"You know we've had a pool since 1935 in Vincennes and then all of a sudden not to have one, I think that struck home with a lot of individuals."
The mayor said their hope is that the new pool turns Vincennes into a summer destination for other local communities; bringing outside money and people into to the city to boost commerce.
The city expects demolition on the old pool to begin in the next few weeks.
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