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Concept Plans For Selah Pool Are In

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SELAH--A study on proposed improvement's for Selah's city pool is in, and it could be bad news for Yakima's planned aquatic center.

A consultant laid out the options last night at a city council meeting:  two renovation options, and a third option that would completely overhaul the pool and give Selah its own aquatic center.  The first two would make minor improvements.  The third would remove the current pool and put three others in its place, along with different amenities like a slide and a lazy river.

Selah Mayor Bob Jones believes overhauling the pool is the best answer, saying that it wouldn't cost much more than refurbishing the pool.  He says the pool is crucial to Selah's identity.

"The children walk down here in the summertime, they walk home, you see a lot of young mothers and their children and it's just part of the cornerstone of what makes Selah what it is," Jones said.

Regardless of what the city decides, this is the last year for the pool as it is.  Federal guidelines go into effect in 2010 that the current pool can't reach.

Jones expects that the pool proposal will go to a vote sometime this summer.

Yakima's potential aquatic center would create a taxing district made up of Yakima and the cities of Union Gap and Selah, but it needs the councils of both those cities on board for their plan to work.  If Selah does build its own center, that could be the end for Yakima's aquatic center.

Jones said Yakima's council is still talking with Selah leaders, but they are determined to do what is best for Selah first.