Well now that the election is over, for better or worse (don’t get me started) I’ll turn my focus once again to good ole Decatur.
Overlook Adventure Park New Aquatic Center
On one hand I’m happy that the park district is moving ahead with an aquatic facility for Nelson Park, aka Overlook Adventure Park. With the amphitheater coming soon, it makes sense to get much of the original vision coming together in a timely fashion.
The new aquatic center is going to be located adjacent to the miniature golf course. Looking at the conceptual drawing the plan looks okay and that’s the problem – it’s just okay. If it’s trying to be marketed as a waterpark then it really needs to have waterpark features. Probably the two most important ones are a lazy river and a wave pool. They did leave the option to add a lazy river in the future, so I guess that’s good.
I’m also not thrilled with closing Fairview’s Pool. It seems like such a waste. I’d rather it be leased to a private club than just have it sit and decay or be demolished. Having both facilities would ease overcrowding. I stopped taking my kids to Fairview a long time ago because it wasn’t enjoyable. It was always too crowded to truly swim and I spent most of my time frantically keeping an eye on my then young son hoping he didn’t get separated from me and drown. Honestly, I think Decatur needs both facilities open to ease overcrowding and leave an important amenity for the West End.
I hate to be a party pooper but I’m not really all that thrilled about the new playground for Nelson Park either. It’s pretty much the same thing we already have at Scovill Zoo, which isn’t that far away. I think that money could have been put towards neighborhood parks or something else that we don’t currently have. That’s just my two cents.
City Is Going to Demolish 1,000 Structures
The city is really getting aggressive and serious about demolishing dilapidated houses in Decatur. The city council will be discussing this more soon and I’ll wait to comment in detail about it till then but I think it’s a good idea. Some parts of town just need to start from scratch again. That opens up so many possibilities. I’d love the city and private developers to push for ultra-energy efficient homes. It’s something that isn’t offered yet in Decatur or nearby communities but it is the future of home design. Imagine living in a home with no power bills! It would definitely help paint Decatur as a progressive (not talking politics), forward-thinking community. Go for it!