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Group supports new indoor facility in Spellerberg Park

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Speller Park holds the city's oldest outdoor pool, built in 1969. That pool is now up for remodeling.

Earlier this year, the city announced a new indoor aquatic center is also in the works. After careful review, the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Board has decided Spellerberg Park would be the most feasible place to build.

Last week, we introduced you to one group forming a petition to save the park. Sunday, neighbors of the park say they'll do what they can do move plans forward.

Many know Spellerberg Park as a quiet little park in a big neighborhood. When it comes to rebuilding the old outdoor pool into a proposed aquatic center, not everyone sees eye-to-eye.

"I think there's a great need for it. It would be selfish of me to say 'not in my backyard'. And I have a feeling of 'why not in my backyard?' and 'why not in my neighborhood?' Jody Fleischhacker said.

The group, in opposition, "Citizens Saving Spellerberg" aren't against an indoor pool but say the park is too small for the city's plans and should move ideas somewhere else.

Neighbors, Sunday, disagree.

"This is a terrific location, center of town, was scouted out by the city, they looked at other locations and places to consider. They decided this would be the most ideal place for an indoor aquatic center," Fleischhacker said.

Despite the possibility of increased traffic and parking concerns, some have been waiting years to exercise indoors all year 'round.

"It would really enhance the park, new things would be created and everything will be so much nicer," Cheyenne Chontos said.

"I can't believe how wonderfully connected this spot is for bus travel, kids and older people can take a bus. It's so accessible and that would be a good thing," Tam Baker said.

A good thing... and an opportunity they don't want to pass by. 

"I think it would be a terrible waste of money to put another outdoor pool here that is only usable for 3 months out of the year," Fleischhacker said.

Citizens Saving Spellerberg hope to collect more than 5,000 signatures in an effort to get the issue on the ballot, next Spring.

City leaders say the proposed facility has not been designed yet and there is no word of how much it would cost. 

Despite efforts to petition against it, the city will continue looking at the site as a feasible option.  

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