New aquatic, recreation center could save Bettendorf money


Three of Bettendorf’s park facilities are outdated and it’s costing the city more than it needs to be paying.

A consulting firm says building new facilities would actually save money.

Residents heard about three different plans Thursday night at the Waterfront Convention Center. Splash Landing, the Goettsch Community Center and the Life Fitness Center are so old it costs the city about $500,000 to operate them each year. 

It would cost about $33,000 each year to run a new aquatic center and $30,000 to operate a new recreation center, according to the consultants. Together, the two new buildings would cost about an eighth of the current operating costs. 

Now the city has to decide if it wants to build one, both or keep the old buildings. They’re asking residents for their input before council looks at the plans in January. You can tell the city what you want to see here.

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