Frequently Asked Questions

 

When will the new facility open?

Upon completion of the referendum, the new Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center will open Memorial Day 2014.

Will the admission prices increase for the new pool?

Our goal is to keep the admission fees to the new pool very similar to what they are now.

When will the new pool close annually?

Depending on availability of pool staff, we will close the new pool when the local schools go back in session.  But the new Splash pad will stay open as weather permitts and will be free to the public.

What will the hours of the new pool be?

We hope to offer more user friendly hours with the new pool.
Pool Rentals available daily after normal business hours.

When was the current pool built?

The original Rainbow Beach was built in 1936 as a WPA project.  The current
pool was built in 1970 and opened Memorial Day 1971.

How long will it take to construct the new pool?

Construction will begin summer 2013 and the new facility will be ready to open Memorial Day 2014.

Why are we not building another 50m size facility?

There are many factors that have gone into the decision of deciding upon building a 8 lane 25yd family aquatic center instead of a 50m competitive pool.  First and foremost is cost.  Not only would the overall cost of the project increase by at least $1m but the daily operating costs would almost double what they would be for the 25yd facility.  Second, by reducing the size we have been able to add these amenities slides, diving boards, zero-depth beach entry, and aquactic playground, splash pad, shade structures, a modern style bath house, and an expanded concession area.

Why do we have to have a special election?

Since there will be no primary or general election next year in Knox County, a Special election will have to be held in order to vote on the pool referendum.  If we wait until May of 2014, the pool will be closed for two seasons and the new facility would not open until 2015.

Why are we choosing to have the Rainbow Beach project & financing subject to the referendum process instead of the petition-remonstrance process?

First, the referendum process will provide the members of the community with a way to express their opinion on this project and the financing that is much more traditional and less complicated for them than the petition-remonstrance process.

Second, if the proposed project and financing are approved by a majority of the voters that vote during the special election then the annual property taxes needed to repay the loan will not reduce the property taxes collected by the city or any other local government entity as a result of the circuit breaker credit.  Namely, the VCSC, the fire district, and the Knox County Public Library.

How much will it cost to hold a special election and why are we spending money for that instead of on the pool?

A special election will cost $13,000 to hold.  But through the generosity of an private donor, no city (tax) money will be spent towards the special election.

Who can vote for the new pool?

Anyone who is 18 years or older, a registered voter, and lives within the city limits of Vincennes, Indiana.

When will the special election be held?

Tuesday, May 7th 2013

How can I register to vote?

To register to vote online go to http://www.indianavoters.com/.  You can also apply in person at the Knox County Clerks Office at 111 North 7th Street Vincennes, Indiana

How can I get involved?

Pledge forms are available here.  You can make a pledge or buy a granite tile for our donor wall that will go on the back of the new bath house.