Supporting a New Pool
By Vicki O'Brien
May 11, 2010
With the dearth of indoor recreation opportunities available
in Ketchikan, I find it absolutely crazy that anyone would oppose
the construction of a new Borough pool. We talk incessantly about
how "there's nothing to do.." yet when the time come
to construct a facility that everyone - EVERYONE - in the community
can benefit from, there are actually opponents! Young, old, athletic,
obese, able-bodied, disabled... there is not a segment of our
community who could not benefit from a new pool.
Yes, it will cost money. Somehow,
we will have to pay for it. As Mr. Kiffer pointed out, the 1/2
cent recreation tax has been going for about 2 years. Dave didn't
state how much is in the Borough coffers as a result of this
tax, but I would imagine there's got to be something in the "pool
fund" which we as a community can use as a starting place.
The Friends of the Library have been raising money for quite
some time to help fund the construction of a new library; maybe
we should start an "Advocates of Aquatics" group to
do a penny drive, bake sale, leaf raking.... whatever it takes!
As it stands, our current pool has MORE than outlived its usefulness.
I do not even like to take my children there out of safety concerns.
A new pool could fulfill the "wish" list of a non-crumbling
deck, non-leaking roof, parking lot with better accessibility
in particular for people with disabilities, more accessible shower
and locker facilities... the list could go on.
Again: YES, it will cost money. Everything costs money. However,
this is a project we all can and should get behind as a betterment
for our community.
About: " Resident of Ketchikan,
mother of 3, Advocate for Aquatics!"
Received May 04, 2010 - Published
May 11, 2010
property tax rate By Dave Kiffer
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