Published May 21 2013
Forum editorial: NDSU pool initiative has meritHere is high praise for North Dakota State University students who are ready to assess themselves to build an $11 million aquatic center on the north Fargo campus. Not only is the initiative good news for the university, it’s also good news for the residents of Fargo and other nearby communities.
It might come as a surprise to many people that Division I NDSU does not have a competitive/
recreational swimming pool on campus. There are several pools in the Fargo metro in high schools and recreation centers, but NDSU is one of the few major college campuses without a modern aquatic facility. The students want to change that.
Construction of the center would be funded in two phases via additional student activity fees. The pool building would be added to the school’s Wallman Wellness Center, which also was funded primarily by student fees.
In addition to serving the campus, the new pool and associated facilities would be open to metro-area residents by a fee pass. If necessary approvals are forthcoming, the center could be open as early as 2017.
The first clearance must come from the state Board of Higher Education, which is expected to discuss the proposal at its Thursday meeting. Additionally, the Legislature needs to sign off on the project, but that can’t happen until the assembly convenes in January 2015.
It’s a good plan that clearly addresses a legitimate need. And the fact that many students who are leading the effort will have left the campus when the pool is ready – and still are willing to step up and pay the freight – makes the entire idea all the more attractive.
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