South Dakota


Wessington Springs

Contact  - 
Sandy Beckman - 605-999-0560
Jeanna Schafer - 605-350-0635
Pam Hainy - 605-350-5238
Terri Mebius - 605-680-2766
Ryan Jensen - 605-350-0520 or
Kristi Hine - 605-350-4906 or

Pool Task Force

About the project 

​The current state of the pool 
Built in 1974, the pool in Wessington Springs has served the community well, but is now in desperate need of repair. Each season, the pool requires 180,000 gallons of water to fill. Last year, the pool alone used an alarming 700,000 gallons — the amount equivalent to the water usage of 10 households annually in Wessington Springs.   
On a fact finding mission since fall 2018, the pool task force has orchestrated extensive research including obtaining grant funding from the Wessington Springs Area Community Foundation to conduct a pool feasibility study executed by aquatic professional MC&R Pools of Sioux Falls, SD. The structure of the pool has been found to be solid, however, renovations to the plumbing, filtration and decking are required. Renovation costs are estimated at approximately $550,000.
The pool renovation will include new gutter plumbing system around the perimeter of pool, new deck, resurfacing and painting pool, pouring a new slope in the wading pool to accommodate very young swimmers, entertaining bubblers and a mushroom water feature in the wading pool. To ensure the swimming pool is accessible for people of all abilities, a new ADA accessible entry to pool to the west plus an accessible bathroom.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made online or by mail:

American Bank and Trust
​120 Main Street East 
PO Box 469
​Wessington Springs, SD 57382

Why Renovate?

​From the early days at the turn of the century of the “old swimming hole,” to the present, the pool has played an important role in the lives of the residents of Wessington Springs. 
The pool is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to attracting and retaining families in our rural town. 
Without a pool, during summertime months the youth who heavily use the pool will be without an option for exercise and a positive recreation outlet.
Without a pool, lifesaving swim lessons would also be halted. 
Water aerobics classes provide a low-impact fitness option for the community's seniors and those battling disease or injury. 
On the economic side of things, if people leave town to swim elsewhere, they will also fill up their gas tanks, buy groceries and go out to eat in other towns, shifting must-needed sales tax dollars away from home.