Splash Arena future remains Unclear

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Splash Arena future remains Unclear

Junior Samantha Galindo competes in the 100 meter butterfly at the Scottsbluff Invite. Galindo finished 1st swin the race with a time of 1:07.

Junior Samantha Galindo competes in the 100 meter butterfly at the Scottsbluff Invite. Galindo finished 1st swin the race with a time of 1:07.

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Junior Samantha Galindo competes in the 100 meter butterfly at the Scottsbluff Invite. Galindo finished 1st swin the race with a time of 1:07.

Elijah Lopez

Elijah Lopez

Junior Samantha Galindo competes in the 100 meter butterfly at the Scottsbluff Invite. Galindo finished 1st swin the race with a time of 1:07.

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In 2015 the city of Scottsbluff
and the school district
ended their cooperation of
the Splash Arena, and without
renovations or a new facility
that the Seacats and the Splash
would be shut down.
Unfortunately, the Splash
Arena is in dire need of several
upgrades including identifying
and fixing leaks, replacing the
pool tile deck, and replacing
the air handler. These upgrades
alone sum up to $50,000.
According to Activities
Director Dave Hoxworth
the school’s swimming program
will continue.
“ As long as there is
something in the works, as
far as an outside entity working
on getting another pool
built in the community, the
school is committed to keeping
the pool open, barring some
catastrophic thing that goes
wrong with it,” Scottsbluff High
School Activities Director Dave
Hoxworth said.
The Splash Arena is
currently is currently owned by
the school system but is operated
by the Splash Foundation,
which is made up of community
volunteers.
The Splash Foundation is
responsible for all pool operations,
which includes hiring
lifeguards and the pool’s maintenance.
Jennifer Galindo is the
president of the foundation.
“ The Splash foundation is a
third party group that runs the
pool, which the school owns,
but does not operate. We operate
it for the public use which
supports the Torpedoes Swim
Club and the high school swim
team, as well as swim lessons
and public water classes and
lap swimming,” Galindo said.
Even though the foundation
is running the pool for the time
being, a new pool may not be
too far off.
There have been several
proposals discussed,including
building a state-of-the art facility
or renovating the current
pool.
“There are several groups
throughout the community,
one through the YMCA and
the Aulick’s who have who have
plans for building a pool at
another site,” Hoxworth said.
“ There is some talk going
on in the community with
several different organizations
and groups that are looking at
what is the best possible solution
so we in our community
can have an indoor pool that
can be used year round by the
public, and by the high school,”
Galindo said. “ There are
several groups working on a
plan and hopefully one of those
plans will work.”
The uncertainty of the pool’s
future is certainly on the mind
of John Galindo, the Seacats’
head coach.
“There has been a lot of
talk about different things but
there’s nothing concrete, so it’s
still up in the air about what
exactly will happen,” John
Galindo said.
Even though it seems like
a matter between business
people and school officials,
the dilemma over the pool’s
uncertain future has affected
the swim team.
“ When they said that the
pool would be closing down
initially, we definitely lost attendance
in the club sport and
then the high school team has
suffered as well,” John Galindo
said.
The biggest deterrent to a
new pool is the cost.
The cost to build a twentyfive
meter long swimming pool
with an accompanying facility
varies, but could run well over
$20 million.
There are less expensive
otions, including renovating
the current pool.
“There are parts of the pool
that are definitely fixable and
that’s something that people
are taking a look at, and that
might be an option, but there
are groups that are looking to
build a state-of-the-art facility
that would be separate from
the school,” Jennifer Galindo
said.
In the meantime, the
Seacats are in a holding pattern
facing an uncertain future that
might include their demise, or
the possibility of a brand new
facility.
tions, including renovating
the current pool.
“There are parts of the pool
that are definitely fixable and
that’s something that people are
taking a look at, and that might
be an option, but there are
groups that are looking to build
a state-of-the-art facility that
would be separate from the
school,” Jennifer Galindo said.
In the meantime, the
Seacats are in a holding pattern
facing an uncertain future that
might include their demise, or
the possibility of a brand new
facility.

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