SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After closing its doors in 2018, the Sullivan City Pool is making a comeback thanks to local leaders.

A $2.3 million investment will keep the pool at the original facility while adding amenities like splash pads, dumping buckets, and a rock climbing wall.

The pool closed in 2018 due to safety and structural concerns since the original construction.

Prior to being shutdown, community members described the area as a huge service for residents. Jeanie West describes the lack of swimming facility as a void.

It was very devastating, we were all used to bringing our children here. We all grew up coming to this pool and just to drive past it and notice that it’s gone was heartbreaking,” She said. “I like our children have really been missing out.”

Described as a big splash in community revitalization, Mayor Clint Lamb and multiple community residents welcomed Sullivan’s newest attraction.

He hopes that revitalizations to the pool create a regional impact.

“Economic development comes down to community development at the end of the day. Bottom line is if you create a place where people want to come, people want to live, everything falls into place,” Lamb said,” There is no magic bullet, it’s revitalizing the community.”

Lamb adds the pool will serve all.

“A big reason we chose to revitalize the pool is because we want it to serve people of all ages. It’s not just another babysitter, like it has been in the past. It can’t just be another spot for the kids to be dropped off at. We need senior citizens coming out here doing water aerobics, we need toddlers understanding the importance and safety of swimming. We also need outdoor activities,” He said,

Finances will be taken care of through local tax and fundraising efforts.

Blake Casey and his family recently moved to Sullivan after previously living in Florida. He adds the pool is multi purpose tool for his businesses and family.

“This is a huge resource for a family like us to come to place in a good environment. For three years without the pool for three years they have to find other things. This is huge coming to the community,” Casey said.

The expected completion date is sometime in 2022.