TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – This past Friday, Terre Haute and YMCA officials announced a contract which would allow for the city to take over utilities and maintenance costs of the Y’s pool.
This contract would allow for the YMCA pool to open for the first time since September of 2018.
“Since last September, we’ve been negotiating with them and they wanted to get their act together financially as an organization and so we’ve been talking and making a lot of progress but we haven’t gotten there until just recently,” said Mayor Duke Bennett, City of Terre Haute.
Since the agreement was announced Mayor Bennett said some minor changes were made.
“Some clarification on indoor, outdoor pool things. We just want to make sure nobody was confused about that. The city is still running the Deming Park pool. They’re going to run that pool, we’re just going to help with the operations,” Bennett said.
Before this contract can go into effect, Wednesday, the Terre Haute Parks Board had to approve it.
In a 3-0 vote, they give their approval and the president of the board John Wright says he is glad to be able to make progress with this project.
“We’re just glad we were able to do our part and help with this project and see it move forward. So we’re excited to do that for the community and for the citizens,” Wright said.
Mayor Bennett says he believes the contract will be both beneficial for both the YMCA and the city.
“It’s not a big cost to us but it’s a huge savings to them and so it’s going to bring members back to the Y, which is going to help their bottom line and in our case we’re going to get the pool opened,” Bennett said.
Brenda Williams with the “Why Make Waves?” group which pushed for the pool to re-open says she is proud of the progress being made.
“Why Make Waves?” is proud of the commitment that the city, Mayor Bennett, and the YMCA have made towards the health and wellness benefits for the community,” Williams said.
The YMCA pool agreement must next be approved by the Terre Haute Board of Public Works.