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Court votes to fill in LJ pool due to liability; spray park could be built throwing stones at vehicles

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By The Staff

    LEBANON JUNCTION - A large concrete hole with standing water is a nuisance.

    It can also be a deadly attraction for youngsters.

    With that in mind, chairman Steve Larimore said one of the first officials acts of the newly-revised Bullitt County Parks and Recreation Board was to recommend that fiscal court fill in the existing swimming pool behind Lebanon Junction Elementary.

    This will make the second summer the pool has not been open to the public.

    From his days as parks director, Larimore remembered the times over the past 25 years that the pool has been opened and closed due to issues caused by an underground spring.

    In the past year, construction on the elementary school has also posed issues over safety.

    With little hope of ever reopening the pool due to the needed repairs, Larimore said the parks board was recommending the county quickly do something to remove the liability.

    Larimore said the county needs to break up the concrete quickly and use that to fill in the pool.

    “Lets eliminate the risk,” said Larimore.

    Terry Price, a member of the parks board and director of elementary education for the school system, said he didn’t think superintendent Keith Davis would have any problem with the recommendation. The pool is located on school property.

    Larimore said the pool could be filled in with dirt and remain a green space.

    With the court members unanimously voting to fill in the pool, magistrate David Walker and county judge Melanie Roberts both supported the idea of a spray park for kids in the area.

    Walker previously met with the Lebanon Junction City Council about the possibility of finding a spot for such a water  facility. He said the biggest advantage is the lack of supervision needed.

    Larimore believes the spray parks could be part of communities throughout the county. He said partnerships with the cities should be considered to make sure recreational opportunities exist in all areas.

    Prices will be secured for the spray parks.

    The county pools behind Maryville Elementary, beside Bullitt Central High and beside Mount Washington Middle are open for the season under the management of the Bullitt County YMCA. Pools are open Noon until 6 p.m. seven days a week.