Funding: The Big Question for Orchard Mesa Pool

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- With the future of the Orchard Mesa Community Center Pool uncertain, local government and school board officials met up to discuss how to keep it open.

Staff from the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, and District 51 met up the morning of January 28th.

Orchard Mesa residents pointed out it’s the only indoor pool in the Grand Junction area, with the only other one being at the Fruita Rec Center.

Military veterans also stepped up to the mic, explaining they use the pool for rehabilitation, and others make the trip from places like Rifle.

"I don't see why we can't save the pool, and possibly the gym, and start working towards possibly building a “rec center,” for this area of the community. I'm not an engineer or anything, but there is a building there. It would be a lot cheaper to re-do it,” said Alma Kenney, a Navy veteran from Clifton.

District 51 said at the meeting it would cost about $550,000 to tear down the facility.

A few days ago the City of Grand Junction proposed splitting the $2.5-million dollar repair cost between the county, city, and D51, but that was not a popular idea at the meeting.

The groups that met up are planning to get together sometime in late February to talk about funding again..

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