Greenwood looking for donations, sponsors to offset pool shortfall

Greenwood hasn’t figured out how to pay for a $200,000 shortfall to operate an aquatic center each summer, but one idea is to solicit advertising, sponsorships or donations.

Construction on the aquatic park inside Freedom Park is expected to start within months and has not been delayed, even though city officials recently learned the pool will not generate enough money each summer through concessions and ticket sales to pay for its own operation.

Mayor Mark Myers and some city council members plan to ask companies to pay to put their names on water slides, the concession stand and a leisure pool, in an effort to help pay for the aquatic center, he said. He said he has heard businesses are interested in sponsoring the aquatic center, but he declined to say who has told him there is interest.

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