COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Contrary to rumors that were spread following the announcement of the gift by Dr. Robert Browne to aid in the construction of an indoor aquatic center, the Heritage Park Pool will be open for business this summer. Once the Browne Aquatic Center becomes fully operational sometime next year, though, what will become of the aging outdoor facility?
A proposal to commission plans and obtain cost estimates to convert the Heritage Pool area into a spray park, along with operational changes for the coming season, will be discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Coldwater City Council. DMS/Recreation Director Dave Sattler is proposing that opening day for the pool this year be moved from Memorial Day to June 15, citing the drop in use from the holiday to the end of the school year along with weather considerations. Also being suggested: closing the pool on weekdays during the Branch County Fair, while keeping it open during the weekend, because of traditionally low attendance during Fair Week. The proposed operational changes are intended to reduce the cost of running the pool, while helping to offset the transition to a spray park in the future. The meeting begins at 5:30 at the Henry L. Browne Municipal Building’s City Council Chambers.
Also meeting in regular session Monday night are the Community Health Center of Branch County Board of Trustees and the Coldwater Board of Education. The school board is scheduled to take acton on items in the district's new Academics First Initiative.