Year-Round Valley County Pool Will Be Much Pricier Than First Thought

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A Valley County recreation district will need to pass the hat for a while longer after finding out that it didn't have nearly enough money to build a year-round swimming and fitness facility in Cascade.

This week's McCall Star-News reports that bids came in more than $800,000 higher than what planners had hoped for.

To date, the Southern Valley County Recreation District has raised $1.9 million, and had put out a request for bids to build a geothermal-heated pool and fitness center. But the district decided to scale back those plans, ditching the fitness center (for now) and putting up an inflatable dome over the pool rather than a permanent one. 

But the Star-News reports that the stripped-down project still attracted bids that were too high. In fact, the lowest bid was $817,000 above the district's $1.9 million. 

But now that they have formal bids, district officials said they'll return to some foundations to ask for additional grants. Additionally, the district said it takes in $230,000 in household assessments, primarily from residents of Cascade. 

Kreizenbeck Constructors of Boise submitted the lowest bid for the stripped-down project. 

"Kreizenbeck wants to work with us," district board President Bob Zach told the Star-News. "They're going to look at what we can do to get the basic infrastructure in place while we do our fund-raising."

Planners are looking at four acres across from Kelly's Whitewater Park as a home for the new facility.