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Carbondale mayor proposes $100,000 aquatic center contribution

Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler

Carbondale's mayor has proposed that the city contribute $100,000 towards the outdoor aquatic center.

The proposal came during Tuesday's meeting of the Carbondale City Council.

Mayor Joel Fritzler proposed that the City of Carbondale contribute the funds towards the matching grant the Carbondale Park District received for their Outdoor Aquatic Center project.

Mayor Fritzler said that he was inspired the Park District's recent fundraiser and the show of support by the community for the aquatic center.

According to a news release, the city council had previously reallocated $10,000 to the project from funds for promoting tourism.  the extra money would also come from the funds dedicated to promote and market the City of Carbondale.

Mayor Fritzler said he would like for the new board of the Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau to decide whether the funds are contributed over the next two or three years.

"We have saved some money over the last few months while discussing the future of tourism in Carbondale so, we could make a $50,000 contribution this year and $25,000 during the next two years," Fritzler said.

"This is a win-win project for Carbondale and the Southern Illinois region, he added. "Residents have been wanting and asking for an outdoor pool for generations so, I know that they will step up to the plate (or diving board) and write a check."

For more information about the project, call the Carbondale Park District at 618-529-4147.

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