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Plans for new Sallisaw aquatic center and skateboard park "right on track"

Monday, March 6, 2023 - In February 2022, the citizens of Sallisaw went to the polls and approved a sales tax extension for the purpose of a new aquatic center and skatepark.

At the time of approval, the city reported that immediate work would begin on the extensive business and planning stages of the new complex. Now that temperatures are beginning to increase and the days are getting longer, many have started asking about the progress made and a timeline for the new pool.

Those questioning the build are in luck because the city has fulfilled its promises. Last week, the City of Sallisaw expressed that the new pool is right on track, just as planned.

City of Sallisaw Economic Development Director George Bormann stated, "Barring any unforeseen setbacks, the project timeline has been set."

All bids for the project are due by April 18, 2023. The construction start date is set for May or June of 2023 with plans for completion on or before May 31, 2024.

The city also announced that they are excited about their opportunity to partner with the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).

"The City of Sallisaw was recently awarded a TSET Discovery Grant, which will provide additional funding for the construction of the aquatic center and skateboard park," Bormann added.

The new pool complex will consist of many modern amenities, including a beach entry, slides, a diving tank, and an attached splash pad. The center will be located on Redwood where the current city pool is located.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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