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Sioux Falls swimmers anticipate indoor aquatic center

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Sioux Falls swimmers could see a new indoor pool open at Spellerberg park in the next two years.

That's just east of the VA in central Sioux Falls.

KSFY News spoke to people who love taking to the water. They believe many will benefit from being able to swim year-round.

Not everyone is sold on the idea that Spellerberg Park is the right location for a new indoor pool for the city.

But some people not only want the pool but believe it's in the right spot.

Location, location, location. Many believe Spellerberg Park is the best place to build a new indoor pool for Sioux Falls.

Spellerberg Park neighbor and former swim teacher Dorothy Erhart said "it's centrally located, now if it was on the edge of town, that's a different story but this is right in the middle of town, so it's the same distance from every side."

Many also believe an indoor pool would get more use by more people.

Sioux Falls Seals Swim Club board member Kelly Dierks said "it is a family activity, and it is a lifelong activity. I played so many sports that I no longer can do, as you get older it's not as easy to play volleyball and basketball and whatever else but swimming you can do forever."

Except year-round, for most, at least until a new aquatic center opens.  

"Most of the competitions, especially for half the year are in a 50 meter pool, and you have to be able to learn how to swim, those races and build your endurance to swim that distance," Dierks said.

"I think it's more difficult for the older kids who really want to pursue a career in swimming, whether that would be to further coach or go on into college it's hard to train adequately when you don't have the facilities to do that," Dierks added.

And to accommodate those future swim meets, plans include more than 200 parking spots, which could mean more cars driving through this neighborhood.

"The traffic isn't going to increase that much, I just don't feel that that's going to be a problem, I think it's the most exciting thing that we can do for our kids, I'm for the kids," Erhart said.

A spokesperson for the group Community Swim 365 tells KSFY they believe the vote spoke loud and clear.

The group believes Spellerberg Park is a central location which will allow easy access for everyone in the city.

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