The River City’s swimming pool drought is about to end.
Post Falls contractor Kevin Bettis is planning to build a community pool as part of the River City Medical Campus on Idaho Street. Bettis may complete the indoor pool as soon as next spring, said Monte Risvold of Tomlinson-Black North Idaho, real estate agent for the medical center.
It will be run by the YMCA of the Inland Empire. Blueprints aren’t drawn up, but the pool should be large enough for training swim teams, Risvold said.
North Idaho has a shortage of full-size public pools.
Post Falls has never had a public swimming pool. The YMCA in Coeur d’Alene closed its pool in 1991 after a windstorm seriously damaged the roof.
The building was torn down and the pool was reopened for summer use in 1992 and 1993. Last year the Y closed the operation permanently and put the property on the market.
Since then, lessons have been taught in private clubs and, in the case of Post Falls, in private homes.
“I think it’s a real boon for the community,” said Judy Alling, who ran the Coeur d’Alene Y for 15 years.
Bettis could not be reached for comment. He owns the land where the swimming pool will be built.
Physical therapist Allen Goodall and Bettis are good friends and the idea for the pool grew partly from that relationship, Risvold said. The community pool will be constructed next to a therapy pool Goodall will use with his practice.
It will fit in nicely with the medical complex, which includes the offices of a dozen physicians, orthopedic surgeons, a cardiologist, an occupational medicine specialist and a radiology firm.
Thousands of children will be able to use the pool, Risvold said. “It’s like the 1950s. Instead of wandering the streets, they can go to the pool,” Risvold said.
“I think that’s neat - I think we need more of that.”