By the late 1950s a push existed to create a city-owned pool. Some considered Crystal inadequate for a community the size of Council Bluffs; by 1960 over 2000 kids a summer were taking the Red Cross' water safety program, forcing them to use the private pool of Floyd Hughes, Jr. on Kenmore Avenue as well as Crystal. Others felt the fee of a private pool— fifty cents— was beyond the price many local youths could afford on a regular basis; public pools in other cities were charging kids just fifteen cents. There was a public beach at Lake Manama, but local doctor Arthur Pedersen explained, "that beach is not clean and it is necessary to take a bath after swimming there in order to remove the filth picked up in the water."
The city council was concerned about the costs of a municipal pool, citing conflicting statistics. Most information suggested such pools operate at a loss, draining city budgets, but the few area towns with pools (Creston, Shenandoah, Red Oak and Glenwood) claimed they broke even or even produced a small profit.
A sufficient number of citizens signed a petition to put a public pool on the ballot but voters rejected it. Realtor Harry Crowl suggested the city purchase Crystal Pool instead, but the petition organizers said the point was to create an additional pool, not subsidize an existing one.
On the north end of town some people took matters in their own hands. The Cabana Swimming Club was formed in 1960 with 200 families buying a membership for $150 and agreeing to dues of $25 per year. The 40 x 60' main pool and 20 x 30' wading pool for children were built at Raymond Avenue between Gunn and Spencer Streets.
In 1964 the Council Bluffs Youth Center was created adjacent to Woodrow Wilson junior high school at North 16th Street and Avenue G. A pool was built at that facility by developer Darrel Anderson and leased to the city for use as a municipal pool. That same year John Langstrom died; Crystal Pool was closed and put up for sale. Crystal Pool sat vacant; in 1969 a petition was circulated to have it demolished as a safety hazard. A local entrepreneur talked of a plan to recondition the pool and reopen in the early 1970s but the plan was abandoned. The pool itself has been filled in but buildings that housed Crystal Lodge and the bath house still stand today.
A second membership pool, Green Meadows, was created in the 1970s; it still operates today. When sufficient money for repairs couldn't be raised Cabana pool closed; the city purchased the land in 2013 and developed it for housing lots which were resold to private developers.