VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana city says "yes" to a new pool.
Voters in Vincennes overwhelmingly approved a referendum to build a new pool to replace the aging Rainbow Beach.
The final tally was 1,281 for the pool and 241 against it.
The vote now sets the city in motion to try and open a new pool by summer 2014.
The voter turn out may have been light in the special election, but the message of those who cast ballots was loud and clear.
The community is going to reach for the beach and build a new pool.
"I think it's overwhelming for us," said Vincennes Parks and Recreation Superintendent Steve Beaman. "I think it made a statement to the community that there were so many people that wanted to keep Rainbow Beach."
"Obviously it means the citizens believe the pool is an important part of our community and it shows in the vote," added Mayor Joe Yochum.
The city will now demolish the old, outdated version of Rainbow Beach.
It will keep the name but the new $3.8 million facility will be full of new features the public has requested.
Now that the community has given its approval for the new Rainbow Beach it's time to do a lot of work down at the Parks Department.
"Hopefully in mid July we'll sell the bonds, and then in August sometime we hope to start construction then with an 8 to 9 month construction window that would get us to June 1, 2014 opening the pool," said Beaman.
"Very good, ready to start the next steps in this process and start getting a design and building a pool," said Yochum.
A community pool the voters have approved that will carry on a long tradition with some more modern elements.
The city of Vincennes will not have a public pool this summer although the parks department is working with some other organizations with large pools to try and have some special swimming events.
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