The southeast Iowa city of Fairfield has secured a grant from the Vision Iowa Board to build a gymnasium and outdoor aquatic center. Jessica O’Riley is a spokesperson for the board. “The total project cost is $8,046,414 and the Vision Iowa Board awarded them $1 million toward that project,” O’Riley said.
The previous outdoor swimming pool in Fairfield first opened in 1967 and city officials said it had become unsafe and beyond repair. “They did demolish the old pool and I believe they have been without one for a few years, even before they demolished it, so it is something the community is eagerly awaiting,” O’Riley said.
The aquatic center will include waterslides and a diving tower. The gymnasium will be located nearby. That project will include multipurpose courts, a multiuse track, a check-in area, and restrooms. Back in 2012, a majority of Fairfield residents (68%) voted to contribute $3 million to the project, which will be paid for by a temporary increase in property taxes.
Over $4.2 million has been raised through private donations and pledges from individuals and businesses.