Richfield Looks to Roosevelt as Model for Fulfilling Aquatic Dream

A south central Utah city is looking to Roosevelt as a model for making aquatic dreams a reality. The city of Richfield has an indoor pool that City Council member Richard Barnett told the Richfield Reaper is “on its last legs.” While all the parties involved agree that something needs done, they are finding it more difficult to determine what that something should be. Insert the success story of the Roosevelt Aquatic Center and a road trip was born. According to Roosevelt City Manager Ryan Snow, Richfield’s Mayor, City Council, City Manager and City Recorder found themselves in Roosevelt City yesterday morning to tour the newly complete Roosevelt Aquatic Center. “They are looking at our experience as an example they would like to follow,” shares Snow. While they were doubtless impressed by the facility itself, Roosevelt’s financial approach to the Aquatic Center has been equally impressive to the Richfield folk. In the same Reaper report, Richfield Manager Matt Creamer emphasized the role fundraising, donations and combined funding sources played in seeing the Roosevelt Aquatic Center become a reality. “They ended up with a $9 million dollar facility with only $1.5 million dollars in debt,” said Creamer, a scenario they hope to replicate in their own aquatic pursuit.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.