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Bozeman City Commission could allocate more money into Bogert Pool repairs

By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com
Published On: Aug 08 2013 06:46:12 PM MDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2013 10:01:25 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman City Commissioners are looking to rework their recommendations for the future of Bozeman aquatics facilities as Bogert Pool continues to age.

On Monday night, Bozeman city officials will look at allocating over $100,000 to continue maintenance on Bogert Pool. If approved, the $100,000 would come out of the $350,000 originally planned for the construction of a new splash pad.  

Parents along the poolside Thursday told us they are glad the city is looking into preserving the pool.

Shannon Wiseman, a mom of five kids says she is pleasantly surprised the city will look at making an effort to keep the pool functioning.

"We were really sad last winter when we though that they money would be taken away, and they weren't going to get to have their swimming lessons this summer," said Wiseman.

Wiseman told us the staff at Bogert Pool mean a lot to her. She says they were able to get her 5-year-old son to overcome his fear of swimming.

"I tried to get him to swim and this year we can't get him out of the water, thanks to the fabulous instructors they have here," explained Wiseman.

Bozeman Aquatic Officials tell us Bogert Pool is aging quickly. Officials say it is only a matter of time before the repairs start costing too much.

According to city reports, the pool needs up to $50,000 worth of work done, in order to bring the main drain and slide up to current code.

The 1949 boiler has also caused Bogert Pool problems by randomly shutting down. Pool officials tell us water backs up and the water does not heat up to its proper temperature.  Bozeman Park and Recreation officials say the boiler system may not last through the end of the summer.

Simia Ranieri says her kids have been able to enjoy the very same pool she did growing up in Bozeman. Ranieri says Bozeman is growing and the pool is getting over crowded.

"We need actually a larger pool, I think to accommodate the growing community," said Ranieri.

On Monday, Bozeman City Commissioners will also look at designing and building a splash pad.  They will look evaluate the possibility of allocating money toward the design and engineering of a new aquatics center.


If approved, the 100,000 dollars would come out of the 350,000 originally planned for the construction of a new splash pad.  

Parents along the pool side Thursday told us they are glad the City is looking into preserving the pool.

Shannon Wiseman, a mom of 5 kids says she is pleasantly surprised the City will look at making an effort to keep the pool functioning.

"We were really sad last winter when we though that they money would be taken away -- and they weren't going to get to have their swimming lessons this summer," said Wiseman.

Wiseman told us the staff at Bogert Pool means a lot to her. She says they were able to get her five-year-old son to overcome his fear of swimming.

"I tried to get him to swim and this year we can't get him out of the water, thanks to the fabulous instructors they have here," explained Wiseman.

Bozeman Aquatic Officials tell us Bogert Pool is aging quickly. Officials say it is only a matter of time before the repairs start costing too much.

According to city reports, the pool needs up to 50,000 dollars worth of work done, in order to bring the main drain and slide up to current code.

The 1949 boiler has also caused Bogert Pool problems by randomly shutting down. Pool officials tell us water backs up and does not heat up to its proper temperature. Bozeman Park and Recreation Officials say the boiler system may not last by the end of the summer.

Simia Ranieri says her kids have been able to enjoy the very same pool she did growing up in Bozeman. Ranieri says Bozeman is growing and the pool is getting overcrowded.

"We need actually a larger pool, I think, to accommodate the growing community," said Ranieri.

Bozeman City Commissioners on Monday will also look at designing and building a splash pad.  They will look evaluate the possibility of allocating money toward the design and engineering of a new aquatics center.