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Vote Yes on pool issue
By Wayne Kinunen


October 05, 2009

Ketchikan Borough citizens, On this upcoming Tuesday, I am encouraging you to vote yes on Proposition 2 which will provide Ketchikan with a new pool at no increase in your taxes. Reasons:

1) Repairing the old pool would cost less ,but like fixing a 35 year-old car or anything-it will never be totally without problems and our community would be pool-less for many months. Remember the Schoenbar renovation?

2) The pool facility is probably the healthiest recreation option our community has. From infants to oldsters-it provides innumerable opportunities for fitness, rehabilitation, water safety, and just plain fun. 7,000+ visitors a month can't be wrong. A larger, modern facility in a more central location would no doubt attract more users.

3) Energy efficiency-energy conscious building and heating technology will reduce the cost and carbon footprint of a new facility.

4) Parking and handicap access has been a problem with the current site. Trying to find a place to park during Killer Whales practice or youth swim lessons, is not easy. Amazingly there have been no serious traffic accidents or injuries as kids and parent cross the street to the pool. There is no way to fix the parking issue if the pool remains where it is.

5) The old pool could be converted into a recreation space. Maybe an artificial turf for winter recreation, indoor soccer, and other sports and games.

6) A new pool will not raise you taxes.

Personally, I want to see a viable pool as it is important to me and many others. The pool helped me recover from two hip replacements, It relaxes my arthritic joints, keeps an old man fit and offers a chance to meet new
people and socialize. Visiting the pool and its wonderful staff has been a habit with me I wouldn't want to miss.

Vote yes on #2, thank you,

Wayne Kinunen
28 year resident of Ketchikan and advocate of all things healthy
Ketchikan, AK

Received October 03, 2009 - Published October 05, 2009


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