Diving in: Project to lose possible $200,000 annually

A new swimming pool, water slides and lazy river planned for Greenwood won’t make enough money to pay staff, buy supplies and pay for upkeep.

Greenwood has talked about building a new pool for decades, and officials, including the former parks director and city council members, have said for more than 10 years that pools with extra features such as water slides earn enough money to cover the operating costs.

That won’t be the case for Greenwood’s proposed aquatic center. Pool engineering firm Counsilman-Hunsaker of St. Louis studied Greenwood’s current plans for an aquatic center and told the city that the expenses for staff, chlorine and maintenance would cost about $200,000 more per year than what it would bring in from daily passes, memberships and pool rentals for parties.

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