HEBRON, NE – Hebron’s swimming pool has been in operation for nearly 90 years, but has had no significant renovation since 1988.
The Hebron City Council is looking to change that.
For the past 20 months or so, the council has talked about the idea of either renovating the current pool or building a brand new one.
“The pool is showing a lot of issues,” Hebron mayor Doug Huber told News Channel Nebraska in December. “Yes, they can be fixed, but for how long? We don’t know.”
According to a 7-8 month study conducted by JEO Consulting Group, Inc. in 2018, the pool has experienced leaks for likely the last 10 years. The wall on the south side is also slightly bowing.
There’s also cracked walls in the bathhouse and a variety of issues with the chemical pumps.
There are basically two options: fix the current issues and renovate the pool at a cost of roughly $820,000. The other option would be to build a brand new pool in the same location at the Hebron Sports and Rec Complex. That would cost around $2.9 million.
A new pool in a new location would cost around $4.1 million.
The council wants to hear from Hebron’s people. On Tuesday, the city sent out a survey via email, asking questions like:
- Have you or your family ever used the current Hebron pool?
- How often does someone in your family use the pool in summer?
- If your family swims at a nearby pool, where do they go and why?
The results of the survey should be known sometime in March.
“We want to see what the people think first before we get too carried away with it,” Huber said.
If a new pool were to be built, construction would start in Sept. 2019 with a completion goal set for summer 2020.
When the Hebron Pool was last renovated in 1988, new drains and piping were installed, as was a new floor slab. The water slide was installed in the 1990s.
The pool is 50′ wide, 100′ long and holds about 250,000 gallons of water.
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