Roswell could close city’s only public pool

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- Roswell may lose their only city pool. That has people in Roswell wondering what they’re getting for their taxes.

Cahoon Pool has been in Roswell since 1933 but a city council vote next week could mean the end for the city’s only public pool.

People in Roswell say when the summer heat arrives, Cahoon Pool is packed with kids and their parents.

The pool has served the community for more than 80 years.

They say the pool has a number of problems like cracks, leaks and old equipment.

“It has three major cracks in the bottom of the pool, it has numerous hairline cracks. It loses almost 20,000 gallons of water per day which is about two inches of drop of the surface,” said Roswell Parks and Recreation Director Tim Williams.

With a tight budget, Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh says repairing the pool might only be a temporary fix.

“Is this a wise use of the dollars we do have? Do we pour in hundreds of thousand dollars to repair this? For how long? One year, two years, six months, do we even get all the way through the summer,” said Kintigh.

The city says there are other pools available to the public, like the one at Eastern New Mexico University Roswell.

That’s not good enough for some residents like Dusty Deen.

“It’s small and on the very south side of town so it doesn’t necessarily represent south Roswell from second street down as it might the base and the ENMU-R area,” said Deed.

Some residents say the pool needs to stay open until a plan is put in place for a new one.

They also say with the city closing down the Yucca Recreation Center a few months ago because it was falling apart there is less and less for kids to do.

“Make an investment in our youth is important, if it does come down to a monetary issue,” said Deed.

Mayor Kintigh says that if they do decide to close Cahoon Pool they do want to replace it.

Roswell city council will vote next Thursday on shutting down the pool.

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