City park employees have begun removing the wading pool located north of the Shawnee Municipal swimming pool. The pool was donated to the children of Shawnee by Mr. and Ms. Frank Reed in 1929.


City park employees have begun removing the wading pool located north of the Shawnee Municipal swimming pool. The pool was donated to the children of Shawnee by Mr. and Ms. Frank Reed in 1929.
“This is the third wading pool we have removed in the last eight years,” James Bryce, interim director of operations for Shawnee, said. “It has been the topic for a lot of complaints, and it hasn’t worked since I started with the City in 1992.”
Bryce said the drainage system for the wading pool no longer functioned, which creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
“We have to pump it every time it rains to prevent the mosquitoes,” Bryce said. “It was a site that didn’t work and still needed regular maintenance.”
Bryce pointed out there were no current plans to replace the wading pool, although future renovations to the pool complex could be expanded to include a spray pad.
“Adding a spray pad would need to be thoroughly planed,” Bryce explained. “I would estimate the total cost of pool renovations at $2.5 million.”
Bryce said removal of the wading pool had been postponed for two years.
“This is something we had planed for, but with the ice storms we have had, it’s easy to get behind on these projects.” Bryce said. “Being short-handed makes us that much busier.”
Bryce said the next project would be a dog park near the Shawnee Animal Shelter.
“We have been trying to get certain entities to donate money so it wouldn’t cost the city that much,” Bryce said. “We have $25,000 in the budget for the dog park, although it may not actually cost the city that much.”
City commissioners adopted $114 million in capital improvements in January. The list of 81 projects is extensive. It includes, parking lots, roads, parks and neighborhood revitalization along with an assortment of other needs which will take more than 20 years to complete.