Cape Girardeau city council approve $6M plan to rebuild the ‘Bubble’

City leaders approve plan to rebuild The Bubble
Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 10:10 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2022 at 3:44 AM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau City Council voted in favor of a $6 million proposal to rebuild the Central Municipal Pool, also called the “Bubble.”

The Bubble is located at Cape Central Junior High School.

The pool was closed in September of this year because of mechanical issue with the heating and air system that could not be repaired.

The City Council took the vote on the multi-million dollar proposal from Penzel Construction Company, Inc. during their meeting scheduled for Monday, November 21.

Penzel’s plan includes using the current base of the structure, but to rebuild the pools walls and create a new enclosure.

The plan calls for a permanent building over the pool, ending the need for the inflatable bubble.

“Excited about it, great facility, does great things for the community. The plans are to have, to have a permanent building over it so we’ll be getting rid of the inflatable bubble, which will be a nice thing for the community and for our users of the pool,” Doug Gannon, city parks director, said. “We’ll be renovating the pool base in itself putting new mechanical components and just basically upgrading the entire facility, because it was built in 1979, so it’s old and it needs a makeover.”

Other improvements on the contractor’s list are a new competition equipment, deck, filtration and other pool equipment.

Now that the council has approved Penzel’s plan to renovate the pool, construction could begin in March 2023 and creators are hopeful it would be finished by fall of that year.

The facility is used year-round for competition, lessons and recreational events.

A city sales tax renewed in 2018 will fund the “Bubble.”