Former City Councilman Sean Paige, who championed a public-private partnership between the city and the owners of a swim school to keep some city pools open, said he was disappointed to hear that the agreement had been terminated.
The Colorado Springs Recreation Center will close Friday.
Paige said the city should diagnose what went wrong and learn from the experience.
“I thought we had a lot of momentum on partnerships going and I’ve seen some of that fall away as the perception has taken hold that the city has money to spare,” he said.
“I personally believe that this is a model that we need to keep pushing forward and we need to reenergize because the city’s fiscal problems, I think, are going to be chronic.”