Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Story City held a ribbon-cutting for its new swimming pool. City officials had hoped to be open by this weekend when they broke ground on the $2.3 million project last summer, and the project came in right on schedule.


“We’ve been working toward this day for a long time,” said Mayor Mike Jensen. The process began more than a year ago when the city held public meetings to get input from the community. That input affected the location of the pool and its amenities.


“We listened to the people in the community about where they wanted this swimming pool to be and what features they wanted it to have. This is truly the community’s pool,” Jensen said.


The new pool is located in the same place as the city’s former pool, in front of the high school and along Broad Street.


“We have a beautiful entrance to Story City and this beautiful pool just adds to that,” Jensen said.


The amenities include two diving boards, two slides, a zero-depth entry area, a basketball hoop, swimming lanes, a splash pool and a new bath house.


Gerald Petersen, president of Peterson Construction of Webster City, was on hand during the ribbon-cutting, grilling burgers and brats for those in attendance.


“We’ve been building pools for more than 30 years,” Peterson said. His son Karl Peterson was the project manager on the Story City pool job and is the third generation to be involved in this family business, which was started by Gerald’s father, John, 60 years ago.


“Karl and his crew were absolutely wonderful to work with,” said City Administrator Mark Jackson.


Peterson Construction also built the library in Story City and the swimming pool at Riverside Lutheran Bible camp, Peterson said.


“Story City is a pretty special place to us as a family,” Gerald Peterson said. “We used to come here to visit my grandma and grandpa, Roy and Grace Frette, back in the 1970s. So being able to make our stamp on this community is a great feeling.”


The city will host an open house for the swimming pool on Friday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.