Some may have wondered if it would ever open, but Urbana has its new outdoor swimming complex.
It took a while to finally open, thanks to excessively wet weather that delayed the necessary work. But Urbana's new $9.1 million Crystal Lake Pool finally has opened. It's hard to believe that it's been five years since the old outdoor pool was suddenly closed because of operating problems.
Since then, park district officials tested the waters about what kind of, if any, new pool they should build, put together a proposal to present to the voters, succeeded in passing a property tax increase to finance the construction and saw it through to completion.
Adults and children are now in the water, and it's a fine facility, something in which the entire community can take pride.
Feelings of satisfaction stem not just from the successful completion of what's proved to be a challenging project, but also because the pool complex will provide a source of recreation and exercise that is badly needed. Frankly, a city of Urbana's size that doesn't have a swimming pool is missing something.
It's our hope this new pool complex will last a long time. It probably won't have as long and successful a run as the first Crystal Lake Pool, which was built in 1927 and lasted until the late 1970s. We can all hope it will last longer than the second Crystal Lake Pool, which opened to considerable fanfare in 1980.
But that is for Father Time to decide. In the meantime, the unseasonably cool weather has provided a slow start to the swim season. But temperatures will be rising in July and August, and the new cool pool will be a source of many a good time.