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June 18, 2014

OUR VIEW: Your government, your pool — speak up

Clearly, there are many area residents who aren’t too keen on the proposal to close Tower Park Pool after this season.

It’s something city officials have talked about for years, in one form or another. At the ripe old age of 60, the pool isn’t a spring chicken anymore. Heck, the slide is 30 years old. It’s no wonder the facility has its fair share of problems.

And those problems — constant patching, plumbing and electrical issues, and a damaged roof — have resulted in a major leak on the city’s budget.

City officials say the pool is too old to save. It needs to be closed, they say. And, preferably, it needs replaced.

We’ve argued in this space before that the pool should be kept open until there’s a solid plan in place for its replacement. While we admit it might be a little late for that argument, with repair costs what they have become after years of talking about what to do, we stand by the fact that decisions should have been made sooner to allow for the continuation of services in the interim.

Likely, we are past that juncture and the pool will probably close after this season.

And people will be mad when it does. If the response from our readers on Facebook is any indication, people will be down-right furious. Readers had plenty to say when we posted our report from last week’s parks board vote on the resolutions to close the pool. With 39 comments in less than two hours, it’s clear people have an opinion on this matter.

But here’s the problem: Where were the concerned citizens at the parks board meeting last week? We were there expecting a crowd of people. After our first report weeks back on the proposed closing provoked such strong reactions from online readers, we thought for certain residents would be there to have their say in what’s happening. We got there to find two people sitting in the audience. And those two people weren’t there to talk about the pool.

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