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HILLSVILLE — In a move not on the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ agenda, the Fancy Gap representative suggested Monday that the county take a sudden plunge into the pool and water park issue.
Supervisor Phil McCraw noted that several citizens have approached the county board to express their support for the enhanced recreational opportunities that a water park could bring for youth.
This followed the creation of a Facebook group that has lobbied for the idea and, as a result, has attracted 2,168 friends so far.
“I think I would like to make this motion,” McCraw said. “I think it would be a good thing for the board to put out a RFP for a feasibility study on a pool/water park for Carroll County and see what the feasibility study tells us.”
He felt that would be a good way to approach the idea and get some professional help. Supervisor Bob Martin seconded the motion, saying he thought it was a great idea.
All the supervisors but Joshua Hendrick voted “yes.”
Explaining his “no” vote, Hendrick said he has no problem with a feasibility study, but thinks it’s too early. He noted that the citizens who support a pool are still working with recreation director Sam McLendon on a theme.
In addition, county officials were going to try to get more information on Pulaski County’s Randolph Park, which has provided a model for this idea all along.
Lisa Payne Delp, organizer of the Facebook pool support group, said after the meeting that she is “very impressed” with the supervisors for their vote. “The fact that they voted to proceed with the feasibility study, for me, says that they really listen to the citizens of Carroll County. I believe that this board wants to see Carroll County grow and prosper and be the type of area that attracts our younger generations to want to stay in the area and even attract other people to come play here.”
She envisions the pool being as affordable and fun as this year’s county fair. “People came out and were able to have a great time with their family without having to spend a lot of money. Seeing ordinary people out playing with their kids was incredible,” Delp said.
“That’s what I am hoping will happen with this project, that we can have a place to bring our families and have fun, without breaking the bank.”