- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Declining use of several swimming pools in Sioux City has prompted officials to discuss how they should address the facilities that are operating at a loss.

A city committee will begin meeting next month to form a recommendation on the poorly attended pools. A study that had analyzed the facilities recommended the closure of some to help alleviate further financial losses, the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1GmQsHt ) reported.

City council member Rhonda Capron said the savings from the closures could help pay for splash pads and renovations at other pools. Other city officials say the process to determine whether to close some pools will be transparent and open to the public.

“We’re going to take our time and make the right decision, so we’re not in a big rush,” said Matt Salvatore, the city’s parks and recreation director. “Hopefully by the end of the year we’ll know (an answer) coming into our upcoming budget season.”

Salvatore said that several swimming clubs in Sioux City will be asked if they’d like to have a representative on the city committee.

Just around 1 percent of the city’s population regularly visits the pools, which isn’t enough to offset operating costs at some, according to Waters Edge Aquatic Design, a Kansas-based aquatic engineering and design firm.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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