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Major Improvements Planned for Moline Pool

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Moline Park and Recreation Board
the current pool at the Riverside Family Aquatic Center in Moline

Work will probably begin next summer to upgrade the Riverside Family Aquatic Center in Moline. Thursday afternoon the Park Board is expected to approve hiring a company to design the project.

Park and Recreation Director Eric Griffith says last year the Park Board held public meetings and surveyed local residents to find out what they wanted, and received about 1,000 responses.

"I think this community loved the old Riverside Pool and was probably expecting something better with the new pool and we're hoping to give that to them this time."

Upgrades will include water slides, lights so it can stay open later, a splash pad, a lazy river, and improved seating and concessions.

Griffith says plans now call for Riverside pool to close by the end of July so construction can start. And the work should be finished in time for it to re-open next year.

The cost will be about 5 million dollars.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.