- The last swimmer has taken a plunge into Merrill's outdoor swimming pool.
The pool is more than 40 years old, and it's now closed for good.
The Merrill Park and Rec Commission voted to shut down the pool.
Making repairs to meet federal disabled persons requirements would have cost just too much.
That, plus the ongoing maintenance of the pool, means the commission thinks money will be better spent on plans for a new pool.
City Administrator Dave Johnson guesses a new pool will eventually cost about $3 million.
The budgeted pool money for 2013 will now go toward exploration for a new one.
Story By: Ben Meyer