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The water slide at Hartke Pool is coming down because Evansville Parks & Recreation officials said the cost to fix it would be excessive. "It's almost 20 years old," said Denise Johnson, city parks and recreation director. "When we were scrubbing it and clearing it for preparation to paint, the crew thought it didn't look up to par."
Bids to refurbish the slide ranged from $69,500 to $115,000. Plus, Johnson said, the slide was not in use for much of last year because of repair needs, and because the slide's manufacturer is no longer in business, replacement parts aren't available.
Deig Brothers of Evansville received a contract for nearly $13,000 to dismantle the side.
The work will delay Hartke Pool's opening for the summer season. The pool had been scheduled to open Monday. No opening date has been scheduled.
Hartke will be without a slide for this season, but Johnson said the pool soon will have some other new amenities. The Parks Foundation is installing a bridge and a floating island, tied to the pool floor, for youngsters to enjoy.
Another new addition will be shade structures, along with some tables and benches underneath them. Those items will be paid for with parks department funds.
No decision has been made on replacing the slide or whether another pool amenity will be added in its place.
"That's a decision we'll have to talk about during the budget cycle (for 2015)," Johnson said.