NILES — The Niles Park and Recreation Board has taken the first step to have the closed Waddell Park swimming pool and building demolished with the intention of using the location for a wading pool.
Council passed a motion this week for the pool to be demolished subject to the approval of Niles City Council, Trumbull Council of Governments and Trumbull County Commissioners.
Officials plan to seek financial assistance from the COG for the demolition. Niles Park manager Mark Pallante said they were seeking quotes for the cost of demolition.
Council chairman Harry Salapata said the pool had not been used since the summer of 2014. Council member Dana Butto said discussions had taken place over the past few years but it would be too expensive to make the necessary repairs to make the pool viable.
Pallante said officials believe a wading pool could be located at the pool site. Officials said wading pools have been installed at many area parks, including Cortland, Warren and McDonald’s.
The pool for many years was a popular place for children and adults. There is the main pool with still standing diving boards and a small pool for babies and children.
For many years, resident Ellen Sharkey, who died in 2010, was in charge of the pool.
Mayor Steve Mientkiewicz said the city’s 2022 budget has $25,000 available for the demolition of the pool and pool building.
He said a consultant will put together a design, engineering and cost estimate for a paddling pool to be installed at the location of the pool.
Last month, the park’s board approved the search for quotes from consultancy firms to design and engineer the splash.
“We want to work with the Trumbull Council of Governments as we did with the demolition of the Niles Times Building and the Garfield School. Once we demolish the pool, we can start moving to the paddling pool,” says Mientkiewicz.
Officials said demolition is scheduled for this year and groundbreaking construction of the paddling pool is expected to take place next year. Mientkiewicz said the motion will be put on the agenda for the next council and then presented to the COG.
According to the City of Niles website, construction of the pool began in February 1934 and it was dedicated on July 25, 1934.
Reports then indicated that bathing enthusiasts in the city could “leave a swimming hole in a stream of water at the modern and up to date pool.”
Reports indicated that Niles had one of the most modern and largest municipal swimming pools in the state at the time.