Muncie races to turn abandoned pool into park

MUNCIE, Ind. -- A Muncie neighborhood wants to transform a closed swimming pool into a park, and the race is on to get it done.

The 6-acre plot that formerly housed the Halteman Village Pool hasn’t been used since May of 2017. It was given to the city at no cost. Unbeknownst to city officials, though, there was a $16,000 tax lien on the property which was purchased by an individual in September 2017.

The city is now working to find the money to pay off that lien and regain control by Sept. 28.

Councilman Brad Polk, who represents the district where the pool is located, is proposing to transfer $20,000 of unused money from the city council healthcare fund to buy the lien.

“I’d love to see a 9-0 vote,” Polk said. “It makes sense for the city of Muncie. They already own the property. Why not turn it into something useful instead of letting it decay and bring down property values?”

The city council is scheduled to discuss the future of the pool at its Sept. 10 meeting.

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