Ottawa, Marseilles make a deal for swimming pool use

Ottawa will provide pool supervisors over summer

The cities of Ottawa and Marseilles have reached an agreement to allow Ottawa residents to use the Marseilles City Pool while Riordan Pool is being torn down and reconstructed.

Ottawa will be providing pool supervisors Tuesdays through Fridays, from June 13 to July 29, 9 a.m. to noon and then from 1 to 4 p.m., in exchange for allowing Ottawa residents 14 years and younger who are part of the city’s recreation program to swim free every Monday, from June 13 to July 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The city of Ottawa received a response from its citizens back in January that they preferred a new pool rather than closing down Riordan Pool or paying the $1.7 million it would have cost for repairs that might only end up being temporary. Ottawa has $4.5 million budgeted for the new facility that will be paid for by tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales.