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The Great Outdoors Colorado Board approved $80,500 grant and the Manitou Springs City Council will give $34,500 for a new swimming pool designed for children under 10, according to a press release announcing the gift.

The pool’s shallow end is 3 feet deep and its deepest part is 3 feet, 6 inches deep. It also will have a splash pad and will be located at the city’s recreation center at Shryver Park, off west Highway 24. The pool is the latest improvement — the center has a new weight room, multi-purpose room, an indoor pool renovation.

The new pool will include spray features and will replace an aging, leaky structure that can only accommodate 15 children at the time.

A grand opening is scheduled for this summer after the project is completed.

Great Outdoors Colorado invests a portion of Colorado lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,500 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax-dollar support.

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  1. Good for Manitou. Great thing to do for the kids. Just be careful and don’t let city leaders decide to change the location at the last minute and not tell the citizens like they did in Woodland Park.

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