The People of Sheridan Have Spoken: Save Kendrick Pool
There’s something about summer and outdoor swimming pools, especially when it comes to Sheridan’s iconic Kendrick Park Pool that residents believe is worth the city’s investment. That was the takeaway at last night’s work session when the Sheridan City Council agreed to move forward with a request for proposals to study the best way to restore the public pool and bring it up to date.
“It’s been a maintenance hog for a number of years,” Councilor Thayer Shafer said, expressing his surprise that it ranked so high on the 2019 City of Sheridan Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update Survey.
Restoring the pool, along with expanding the city’s trail system, were at the top of the list as major priorities with just over 71 percent of respondents agreeing that the pool either needs renovated or rebuilt.
“The people of Sheridan have spoken,” Councilor Aaron Linden said, noting that the proposed new aquatic center at the YMCA didn’t impact this decision. “You can’t get vitamin D at an indoor pool, and people want to be outside during the summer.”
The pool has a storied history in the community, having been built in 1937 by Evelyn and Edward Moore, who later gifted it to the city.
Shafer, who had always believed it had been a post-depression era project, was surprised to learn this long-standing community tradition was the result of a private donation.
“Everyone has this great life experience between 10 and 16 when they lived at the outdoor pool in the summer time,” he said. “It’s a very emotional tie. I get that.”
According to Director of Public Works Lane Thompson’s office, the city will be advertising a request for proposal (RFP) shortly.
Currently, the city has budgeted $50,000 for the proposal with an additional $40,000 of One percent Optional funds.