By Denise Buker
October 01, 2009
Just a question for Mr. Dial and his opposition to the pool intiative...he
stated in his letter: "..Valley park pool can be re-opened
while Mike Smithers Pool is being renovated, meaning that we
will ALWAYS have an open pool. "
UUUHHH has he been up to the old Valley Park school lately????
It now houses the Ketchikan Charter School and the Tongass School
of Arts and Sciences. The entire building is being utilized
as classrooms for these two schools. I had heard a contractor
state way back when these schools were being formed that he was
getting paid to fill in the Valley Park pool with concrete!!
I am not sure of this but I do know that both of these schools
now reside in this building.
So, if renovation is done to the current Mike Smithers Pool and
reopen the Valley Park Pool, how much would that cost to relocate
students and rebuild THAT pool? How long would students, senior
citizens, and community members be without a pool to do this?
How much revenue would be lost while the facilities are closed?
Do you not think that these things had not been considered when
they proposed a NEW POOL versus renovation? Has he gone to a
Pool Ad Hoc Committee meeting?
The Mike Smithers Pool is used for sooooo many things right now.
Have you, Mr. Dial, been up to the pool on any given day to
see how many people utilize the facilities?
swim lessons, most important
in my opinion,
school swim days,
Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Team
execise equipment and sauna,
adult swim programs: arthritis, physical therapy, aqua aerobics,
Parties can be booked, which is excellent for this community
for an option for our children and families,
Training can be performed by various local organizations and
businesses, which is hugely important for our area due to weather
conditions not always cooperating,
The list can go on for the benefits that this pool has had for
our community. Personally, I want my children to know how to
swim and know how to be safe in the water with a life jacket.
I am also dismayed by some of the bad fiscal choices our local
governments have made, but cannot turn back the clock and have
more people vote for these propositions again, or the people
that had been elected. Ketchikan's statistics for voter turn
out is rather SAD to say the least. I believe that I have a
voice because I have actually voted!! I will be voting on Oct.
6th for the Pool Bond Initiative. I hope others will vote this
year as well, regardless of how they feel about a new pool, just
VOTE so we know what our community wants!!
About: " Ketchikan Resident
for over 14 years and mother to two avid swimmers"
Received September 29, 2009
- Published October 01, 2009
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