Letters to the Editor

Letter: Pools vs. skate parks

The Statesman reported in March that the Lowell and South Jr. High swimming pools might be converted into skate parks. Community pools are very important. I am writing in hopes of encouraging the city and citizens to work for new pool facilities. Might we consider replacing the existing pools near the same location? An indoor pool and aquatic facility would be even better.

Your article pointed out that these pools have very limited deck space and no shallow water for young children. Ivywild and the Natatorium are great examples of multipurpose aquatic facilities, which serve all age groups.

I love the YMCA, but it is not accessible to all of the neighborhood children and teens. These pools enables families across socioeconomic ranges to learn water safety, swimming and enjoy recreation during the summer months. With the expansion of recreation along the Boise River and ponds along Whitewater Park Boulevard, we need more water safety than ever.

Let’s find a way to keep neighborhood pools as we continue to strive to be healthy communities.

Tina Young, Boise