Sexy or not, pool is needed

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2005

I would like to respond to recent letters and cartoons relating to the Dimond Park Pool. First of all, whoever began labeling the pool "sexy" is unfamiliar with Webster's definition. Here are a few points on why the pool is not "sexy" and should be considered a need in our growing community.

• The Augustus Brown Pool was built in 1971, opening in 1972. Population at that time in Juneau was 13,556. Population in Juneau is now over 31,711. That is a growth of 133.9 percent, with a large majority of that being in the valley.

• Although I must agree that there are other viable ballot propositions this Oct. 4, we can choose more than one. Residents may not utilize everything that we pay taxes on in a given year. For example, I do not ski, yet I pay taxes for Eaglecrest. I rarely fly out of Juneau, yet I pay taxes on our international airport. Do we really need a concrete two-story parking garage? I find that to be incredibly sexy. We all pursue different activities and have varying interests. That is what a community is all about. We support one another.

• We have many youth and seniors that would utilize the facility. The pool in Whitehorse has a 98 percent return. Our current facility has to turn away kids for swim lessons. We are not talking water slides here, just a facility that our children can use and the swim team can host state meets. They are now overextending the facility and its capacity. Swimmers are literally running into one another when they are swimming. Our high school team has to practice at 4 a.m. because that is the only time available. Our swimmers are breaking records all over Alaska and our pool is smaller than the one being built in Petersburg. C'mon Juneau. Wake up and smell the sexy pool.

Sarah Wolfe


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