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May 18, 2014

OUR VIEW: Just say no to closing the pool

Spending hot summer days at the pool comes pretty close to a modern rite of passage. Here in Logansport, that time is spent at Tower Park Municipal Swimming Pool.

But with a proposal currently on the table, that’s in jeopardy.

The Logansport Parks and Recreation Board passed a resolution 4-1 this week that would see the pool close for good at the end of the 2014 swimming season. The reason being there’s a litany of problems with the pool. It’s almost 60 years old, so of course it has some issues.

Among them are damaged return lines and gutters that result in significant water loss. With a pool that age, you will have a new repair every time you turn around.

But we know going into the season every year it’s going to need repairs. That shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. Each year there’s the threat that it might not open because of the latest setback, but every year the parks department somehow manages to pull it out.

Keeping the current pool up and running is not the long-term answer. Everyone can agree on that.

But what we all need to agree on now is how to move forward. The conversation about what to do with the pool has gone on too long. Back in 2010, we reported on discussions surrounding the pool during city council budget talks. Those involved at the time said the conversation had gone on too long and it was time to make a decision. It’s been four years and we now echo that sentiment.

In our opinion, closing the pool in the short term while we decide how to handle the long term is not the answer.

A public pool is a big part of the quality-of-life equation in any community, and ours is no different.

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