Aquatic center wins voter support

Tim Miller

The vote for the proposed Ames aquatic center on 13th Street passed Tuesday.

The margin was approximately 76 percent to 24 percent in favor of the new aquatic center.

There were 20 precincts around the city. Voter turnout was not very high, however. Approximately 7,000 people voted before 7 p.m., according to the Story County election results.

Only 10 students voted at Maple-Willow-Larch and Union Drive combined.

Students were not necessarily against the aquatic center, but many will not be around when it gets completed.

“I think it will be good for the city,” said Kristen Corey, graduate student in sociology in agriculture and life sciences. “We don’t really have something like that.”

She said she was a little discouraged by the voter turnout.

“I wish more people would vote,” Corey said, “It’d be nice.”

Karen Paxton, of Ames, said the people in charge of planning the aquatic center have done a great job. She said she was in full support of it.

“It’s a shame if it doesn’t pass,” Paxton said.