Mayor To Pursue Outdoor Pool

Perciak says he will form group to raise money for aquatic center

Mayor Tom Perciak said he is launching a drive to get an outdoor pool built in Strongsville, using private funding.

Perciak, speaking before about 300 people at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center during his annual State of the City address Tuesday, said he will create a committee of residents to coordinate raising money for the outdoor aquatic center.

"This is going to be a community event," he said. 

Many residents lamented the closing of Strongsville's previous outdoor pool, located at the city's former recreation center at Prospect and Drake roads, more than a decade ago. The idea of building a new one has been bandied around for years, but officials have said the city doesn't have the money.

Perciak said he won't put it off any longer.

"Make no more excuses. It's time to get it done," he said.

The mayor said he will form a committee to oversee the project and seek financial help from civic groups and residents.

He did not specify where the pool would be located.

Look for more highlights from the mayor's speech Wednesday on Strongsville Patch.



kristine March 22, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Why not put your efforts into a greater cause and form a committee to find money to support the schools that are apparently going bankrupt and can't even provide full day kindergarten which is now a state requirement.
Devon March 23, 2011 at 01:18 AM
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MR804 March 23, 2011 at 01:49 PM
I am so thrilled with this! Our family would be happy to have an outdoor pool in Strongsville. I am willing to financially assist and would like to know how I can help donate.
Ralph March 23, 2011 at 06:27 PM
We already have a state of the art pool. How about a skate board park? We broke ground at the rec center and then shelved it many years ago. There are signs around town forbidding skate boards on commercial property yet we don't offer our young an alternate place to ride. Other towns have skate parks, how about us! Why no right turn lane at Westbound Drake going North on Pearl; don't we want to facilitate going to our main shopping area? There's a dedicated left turn lane to chaperone drivers to Brunswick. DUH.
PJ March 23, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I hope they bring back the outdoor pool. I really miss it. The benefit of the outdoor pool was that, unlike the indoor pool, it was not a competition pool. It was primarily used for "open swim" and catered to families. It was a wonderful way to spend the day at a low cost. I hope that the new version of the outdoor pool continues to serve the families who want summer recreation opportunities outside of a year-round rec center membership.


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