The Iowa National Guard is now taking public comments on the future plans for the Camp Dodge Swimming Pool Complex in Johnston. The complex is on the National Register of Historic Places and Guard spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Greg Hapgood says it was the largest filtered pool in the world when it opened. He says it was originally built in 1922 and it was used for training and for the soldiers and communities to have a place to swim. The pool closed in 2001. The cost of maintaining and operating the pool led the National Guard to look at other ways to modify it. Hapgood says they now have proposal to consider. He says one of the plans is renovate the pavilion area and turning it into a meeting center and classrooms while maintaining its historic nature. The plan also calls for renovating the concession stand built in 1936 and make it an informal dining area for events. Hapgood says there are also proposals for the large pool. He says it all depends on the funding, whether the pool would be removed, or parts of it removed and filled in. Hapgood says they’re taking public comment on the proposals for the next 30 days. He says copies of the proposal are available. He says you can see them at Camp Dodge or the Johnston Public library. Hapgood says the comments will be forwarded to the project committee. Hapgood says there’s no set timeline at this point for taking action on the proposal.
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