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Waterloo public pool being turned into parking lot

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WATERLOO, Ill. (KMOV) -- Residents in Waterloo are furious after finding out the only public pool in town is being turned into a parking lot.

Demolition was slated to begin Wednesday on the old Sondag Memorial Pool, which now sits vacant next to the newly-opened skate and bicycle park at 316 N. Library St.

Residents were told the city was going to make the pool, which has been closed for the past two summers, bigger and better by adding things like a waterslide. They were hoping it would be open by Memorial Day weekend. Instead, they find out on Facebook it’s closing.

 “I just drove by like a week ago and nothing was going on, it was full of leaves.  I was wondering when they were gonna clean it up, but i guess they’re not,” said resident Angela Kraft.

Instead, the Waterloo Parks District is turning it into a parking lot.

“There’s already a parking lot here and this one doesn’t even get full to start with,” said Kraft. “So why would you need another parking lot in a residential area to start with?”

The superintendant for Waterloo City Parks says the pool was in poor shape and deemed unsafe. Residents were given the opportunity to vote on it, but not enough people were willing to pay more money in taxes to fix it up.

Kraft said she voted yes.

”I think it’s a shame ‘cause the kids around here don’t have anything to do.  I mean it’s the pool. Everything else is in the country and they can’t walk to that. This is the only thing they have to do,” she said.

The project is now costing taxpayers $20,000 to turn it into a parking lot many don’t want.

“There’s no businesses around here that would need a parking lot.  It’s just gonna attract a bunch of people hanging out late at night disturbing the whole neighborhood. I think it’s crazy.”

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