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Rally planned to protest closure of Broad Ripple pool

Posted at 8:26 AM, Aug 15, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- A rally is planned for Wednesday afternoon to protest the closure of the Broad Ripple pool.

The City of Indianapolis recently approved a $70,000 plan for Broad Ripple Park, and is looking to repurpose the pool as part of the project. 

The group, called "Friends of Broad Ripple," will rally downtown at 12:30 to try and save the pool. The group says there are several reasons to keep the pool, including: 

  • The pool has been a community amenity for more than 100 years
  • Many children learn to swim in it
  • Indy needs to stay competitive with nearby suburbs and keep families here

Indy Parks spokesperson Ronnetta Spalding previously said they are looking at replacing the pool with another water feature such as a lazy river or an indoor pool that could be used year-round. The city says the pool has aged and repairs would cost too much. 

After the rally, the group will head to a meeting with the Metropolitan Development Commission and present a petition to keep the pool open.

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