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COO: Sanford's acquatic study not intended to disrupt city pool plans

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Sanford Health is studying the possibility of an aquatic facility at the Sanford Sports Complex – but that won’t necessarily be a recreational facility.

Sanford Chief Operation Officer Nate White made clear that while Sanford is considering an aquatic facility, it does not intend to disrupt the city’s efforts to build an indoor center at Spellerberg Park.

“The study suggested by Sanford will have a general theme of facilities and infrastructure at the Sports Complex that emphasizes high end, competitive training and development aspects,” Sanford Chief Operation Officer Nate White said. “This is in contrast to the general recreational use of many neighborhood and community facilities that the City of Sioux Falls is better equipped and structured to provide.”

The citizen group fighting against an indoor pool at Spellerberg Park halted its petition drive today, until more details about the proposed Sanford facility are available. White says Sanford’s study will be done in the late summer.

In the meantime, though, the City Council will continue with its plans for an indoor acquatic center. Tuesday, councilors will hear the second reading of a proposal to add $11.1 million to this year’s budget to help build a new indoor pool at Spellerberg.

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