(Joplin, MO) – What do you see for the future of Ewert Pool and surrounding area? That is the theme of the survey that is being conducted by the City of Joplin to learn what citizens want regarding Ewert Pool, other water-related features, and different park amenities in one of the oldest park areas in Joplin.
Ewert Pool was first opened in 1925 and was one of five pools in Joplin during the 1940s and 1950s. In 2003 it was renovated into Joplin’s first aquatic center through the passage of the Parks and Stormwater ¼-cent sales tax in 2001. Today the City also offers swimmers two other choices with Cunningham Aquatic Center and Schifferdecker Aquatic Center. Of the three pools, Ewert Pool sees the least number of visitors during a normal season.
The survey can be found at http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eh82xjifkd4xksty/start. Citizens will respond to questions about Joplin pools, recreational preferences, and possible park facilities in the future. Respondents are asked about their recent experiences at the City’s three pools, as well as specific questions relating to Ewert Pool and surrounding property. Citizens can note their preferences about other option possibilities for this area and suggestions for the best interests of our citizens and community.
All citizens who have an interest in recreational opportunities in Joplin are encouraged to take the survey, which is available now for citizens to provide their thoughts. It will close on Thursday, August 27.
The City hired Waters Edge Aquatic Design from Lenexa, Kansas as the consultant to help complete the study. Waters Edge has been instrumental in numerous aquatic projects in the Midwest including Joplin’s Schifferdecker Aquatic Center in 2013.
Members of their team have reviewed the current facility to complete their assessment and will conduct public meetings to engage citizens about their preferences of parks features. As meetings progress, more information will be discussed regarding the possible options the City of Joplin might utilize to continue providing recreational opportunities at this location, whether through the existing pool or adding other amenities.
The first public meeting will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20. It will be held at Ewert Park. Information about the current facility will be discussed along with ideas for other water features or recreational facilities. The meeting will be an open house format, so citizens may come and go as their schedules allow.
“We hope everyone will take the time to complete the survey,” said Paul Bloomberg, Parks and Recreation Director. “This is the information gathering stage of this project, so it’s time to dream a little and think about Joplin’s future at Ewert Park. We also encourage them to come to the public meeting to learn more about this project and the exciting possibilities for our parks system.”
For more information about the Ewert Pool study, please contact Carla Bond, Recreation Manager with the City of Joplin’s Parks and Rec. department at 417-625-4750.
Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417-624-0820, ext. 204