Bloomington Pools Closed for 2020, Creating Opportunity for O’Neil Project; Miller Park 4th of July Festivities Will Not Occur
Bloomington Pools Closed for 2020, Creating Opportunity for O’Neil Project
Miller Park 4th of July Festivities Will Not Occur, Other Changes Pending
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BLOOMINGTON, IL – Bloomington’s Holiday and O’Neil pools will be closed for this year, creating an exciting opportunity for O’Neil. The 46-year-old pool, which has outlived is operational capacity expectation by 21 years, will be demolished this year to make way for a new aquatics project. COVID-19 contributed to the decision to close both pools for the season.
“In every challenge there is an opportunity,” explains City Manager Tim Gleason. “The guidelines that are here and the ones we know are likely coming due to COVID-19, combined with the condition of O’Neil Pool, made this a no-brainer. Let’s have a big win for the community out of this.”
Demolition could begin as early as June. The scope and design of the new O’Neil facility has yet to be determined, along with total project cost. Design work is budgeted for this fiscal year in the amount of $738,000 The bidding process for design could also begin as early as June. Final completion date for the project is also yet to be determined.
“I’m excited to have a robust conversation with the City Council and the community about what this project will look like,” says Gleason.
“O’Neil is long overdue for a makeover, and this gives us a great opportunity to start,” adds Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Director Jay Tetzloff.
Registration for Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts programs begins May 20th for residents and May 27th for non-residents.
“We’re taking time to figure out what summer programming will look like with any COVID-19 guidelines,” explains Tetzloff, “but there will be programming.”
However, 4th of July festivities in Miller Park will not occur this year, in order to encourage social distancing. This includes performances of “Celebrate America” and the fireworks display.
“Safety is our priority, but we understand people want to have fun. Parks are open, and we encourage the public to enjoy them with proper social distancing,” says Tetzloff.
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