Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2007

Census estimate confirms need for pool, gym

June 28, 2007

The view and skyline north on Church Street near the entry into Eudora changes daily as crews race to finish the new pool and continue to erect the adjacent community center. The new facilities that soon will be the $3.8 million Eudora Community and Aquatic Center are impressive filling the site between Laws Field and the ball fields.

Depending on weather and the construction progress, the pool could be open in time to make the Fourth of July more special in Eudora's sesquicentennial year and, if not, will be open for the following weekend. Progress on the community center has it on track for a September opening.

The pool will open just as it was learned the U.S. Census Bureau has significantly adjusted its estimates of the city's population. A year ago, the bureau estimated about 5,200 people lived in Eudora on July 1, 2005. Now, it is saying 5,733 residents did and that nearly 300 more joined them in the following year to bring Eudora's population on July 1, 2006, to 6,027.

Voters agreed in the summer of 2006 that the city had outgrown the old pool. The new figures confirm their wisdom. They also assure us that there will be more people to enjoy the new facilities, help make their operations less of a drain on taxpayers and added rooftops to pay for it.

As an added benefit, the gleaming new pool and gym will provide a wonderful advertisement for the city at its main gateway.

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