Albert Lea votes to bring Rec projects to referendum

Council Votes to Bring Rec Projects to Referendum

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(ABC 6 News) – $9.8 million of recreational improvements are now in the hands of Albert Lea citizens, following the city council’s approval of a special electoin.

Projects will include improvements to the city arena, Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, Aquatic Center and Splash Pad.

Residents of Albert Lea went online to give their opinions on the projects and, of the 514 respondents, most found adding public restrooms to the downtown Splash Pad to be the most important. 72% of those surveyed rated it “very” or “extremely important.”

— RELATED: City of Albert Lea put rec facilities upgrades on the ballot

The second most favored project was an expansion to the arena lobby to improve security and user space. This project gained high favor with over 50% of respondents.

Just under 50% of respondents found additional changing room options to the city’s aquatic center to be the highest priority.

Full coverage of the referendum will take place on during the April 9 special election.