Talking pool at London city council

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(Posted April 22, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

An unnamed donor has contributed $100,000 to the city of London for use at the municipal swimming pool.

According to information shared at the April 18 city council meeting, the money will be used to install a splash pad–a recreation area of shallow water in which water is sprayed upward from nozzles in a pad.

Construction of the splash pad is set to begin at the end of this summer’s pool season and be operable by the beginning of next year’s pool season. Mayor Patrick Closser reported that when city officials made the funding request, the donor replied without hesitation, “You got it. Just let me know when you need the check.”

Also at the April 18 meeting, life-long London resident Scott Bennett addressed council about his intention to open a pool hall at the former Lawson’s convenience store location at 116 W. High St. The hall, named Big Money Billiards Parlor, is intended to be upscale and designed for league and tournament play.

Bennett said he intends to court such leagues as the Billiard Congress of America and the American Poolplayers Association. Such tournament play could bring in people from places like Marysville and Dayton. As such, Bennett said, his parlor could generate money for other local businesses, as well.

“This isn’t going to be your meat house billiard ball. There isn’t going to be fights and all that negative stuff that typically goes with this,” he said.

Bennett added that he has ordered professional Diamond tables and is in the process of applying for a liquor license. He also is working with the zoning department in regards to operating an amusement arcade with more than the five coin-operated tables allowed in the zoning code.

He hopes to have the parlor up and running, with or without the liquor license, by the beginning of June.

Council members Rex Castle and Rich Hays wished Bennett well on his endeavor.

“I played a lot of 9-ball in high school,” Hays said. “That’s how I bought all my clothes!”

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