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.