Rockford proposes plan to help Alpine Pool reopen in 2020

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford city leaders look to reopen Alpine Pool for the 2020 season under a new plan.

Mayor Tom McNamara introduced a proposal to keep the pool open next year.

The proposals calls on the City’s Water Division to reduce water-related fees by $70,000 in exchange for Rockford Park District reopening Alpine Pool in 2020 and coordinating marketing activities with the city’s Water Division.

In September, the Rockford Park District recommended the potential suspension of Alpine Pool in 2020 due to a $1.2 million budget deficit. The recommendation also called for the closure of Sinnissippi Golf Course and a suspension of Snow Park at Alpine Hills.

“Alpine Pool is a great community asset that provides recreational opportunities for the residents of Rockford, says McNamara. "I believe that this agreement will allow the community to utilize this asset while the Park District continues to align its budget with services to the community."

Rockford leaders say Alpine Pool was open for 72 days in 2018 , drawing 16,285 visitors and 250 children for swim lessons.

The city council is expected to vote on the plan Monday.