Boston Heights -- A Jan. 27 public hearing on whether to keep or close the swimming pool at the Matthews - Thomas Park gathered favorable resident input.

Boston Heights Fiscal Officer Betty Klingenberg said approximately 50 residents attended the hearing.

"The consensus [from residents attending] was to keep the pool," Klingenberg said.

No decisions were made at the hearing which was scheduled to get resident input on keeping the pool or eliminating it.

Council President Don Polyak said the residents were overwhelmingly supportive with no dissenting comments.

"It was great to see so many in the community come out to support the park," Polyak said.

He said Council and the administration was looking for feedback on the park and that's what they received.

Polyak said the age of the pool, 45, brings with it some concerns for improvement but he described the park as "a gem."

According to Klingenberg, the item is not on the agenda for the next meeting of council, slated for Feb. 10. She said no legislation has been drafted on whether to keep the pool or close it. However, there is a third reading of legislation to hire a company to manage the pool for the 2015 season.

Matthews -Thomas Park is located on Old Route 8 between routes 82 and 303.

"It's a small pool, with no diving board, and has a baby pool," Klingenberg said.

Additional park amenities there include soccer and baseball fields and a picnic area.

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