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Spellerberg Park neighbors discuss safety concerns for proposed pool

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The proposed location for an indoor pool has seven thousand people in Sioux Falls saying "no thanks."

KSFY News met some of those neighbors to hear their concerns.

A petition to save Spellerberg collected seven thousand signatures against the pool.

We met two neighbors who are on opposite sides of the fence on this issue.

One neighbor worries if the pool is built, there would be too much traffic.

But another neighbor who wants the pool, said its important for kids' safety.

Some neighbors say enjoying a swim indoors in a nice warm pool sounds good on a cold day as long as its not in Spellerberg Park. Seven thousand people who signed a petition agree.

Spellerberg neighbor Sharon Stich said "I'm hoping it will be stopped, of course, of going through. There's many other places this could happen that would be a better place for it. So I'm hoping it gets voted down."

One member of the Sioux Falls Aquatics Association never learned to swim as a child, and doesn't want that to happen to other kids.

Sharon Chantos said "I'm very worried about the safety of our kids in learning how to swim. Especially with the recreational boating we have in South Dakota. We would love to have another place where they could swim."

It's not really pool weather today so imagine if it were summer. Some neighbors are worried that this busy street could have even more traffic if an indoor pool were built right here in Spellerberg Park.

"I mean there's a lot of kids who are around here and that would be a safety issue for me, for them. Crossing over this street, this busy street. I just can't see that," Stich said.

Chantos doesn't care where the indoor pool gets built, as long as the city gets one, but she believes Spellerberg Park makes sense.

"Spellerberg is a great location because it is central to Sioux Falls and it's on the bus routes. As the only indoor public pool, it would be important to have public access to that pool," Chantos said.

Sharon Chantos told us it can be difficult to find indoor pool time since all of the indoor pools in Sioux Falls are privately owned.

While Sharon Stich has lived in her house for twenty-four years and has seen the city grow and says their neighborhood can't handle any more traffic.

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