MERRILL - It might seem like an odd time to think about swimming pools.
But a commission in Merrill is taking steps now to get a new pool.
The city needs to pick a new pool location.
The pool in Stange Park closed after the summer of 2012.
A new public pool could cost three to four million dollars.
They've narrowed the potential sites down to two options.
"After that park and rec commission meeting, earlier this month, they asked that I come back with prices to compare the Merrill Area Recreation Complex site with the Stange Park site where the pool is currently located," said Merrill's Parks and Recreation director, Dan Wendorf.
"So that we can try to narrow down."
Wendorf encourages the public to come out and voice their opinions at the next meeting.
"This is a decision we're trying to make with public input because his is for the public," Wendorf said.
"We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to voice their opinion, share their thoughts and ideas. Together with that, it will help us make as good of decision as we can for the entire community."
They don't know how much it will cost, but they hope to have estimates ready for the December or January Parks and Recreation meeting.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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