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November 28, 2012

New Albany hopes to develop pool at Community Park

Floyd County to keep sports center in agreement reached Tuesday

NEW ALBANY — Floyd County will retain the Southern Indiana Sports Center and New Albany will receive a portion of Sam Peden Community Park to possibly use for an aquatic center per an agreement reached between the parties Tuesday.

The sides have been negotiating the disbursement of property and funds since the New Albany City Council voted to proceed with Mayor Jeff Gahan’s plan to form a separate municipal parks system earlier this month. One of the main issues to resolve was which side would operate the Southern Indiana Sports Center, which was donated to the New Albany-Floyd County Parks Board by the Blue Sky Foundation in 2006.

The center, located at 620 Park East Blvd., generated revenue for the parks system as it was used for volleyball and basketball leagues and tournaments as well as other events. In exchange for the center, the county is to deed the front acreage along Grant Line Road of Community Park to the city for an aquatic park.

According to the agreement reached Tuesday, the city and county would collaborate to obtain grants and additional resources for the construction of an aquatic center.

New Albany will be responsible for the costs of building, maintaining and operating the aquatic center if it comes to fruition. An important side note to the agreement is that the city and county would jointly split the costs to demolish any structures on the property necessary to construct the aquatic center.

Demolition could include the North Annex building, which has been vacant since the Floyd County Youth Shelter and solid waste office moved to the Pine View Government Center.

A plan and statement released by the city and county Tuesday didn’t include exact details for demolitions or construction of the aquatic center. The plan did specify the division of parks equipment and property.

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