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METRO PARKS: Let group run Titlow Pool

Letter by Kelli S. Johnston, Tacoma on June 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm with 4 Comments »
June 25, 2012 1:50 pm

Re: “Titlow Pool fills a need, group says” (TNT, 6-23).

Why is the Metro Parks Board so opposed to keeping Titlow Pool open? This is a pool that has served the Tacoma community and the overall competitive swim community for decades.

I guess it should not be a surprise since the board reneged on its bond issue promise to improve the pool years ago and only put in the new fun pool at Kandle Park after much public outcry and negotiation.

What boggles my mind is why the board will not even entertain a proposal by a community group with enough money and experience to operate and maintain the pool. The Titlow Alliance Group has gather financial commitments from a dozen aquatics organizations for practice rental and competitive events. This would pay for the cost of running and maintaining the pool for summer use – the same way it has been for almost 60 years.

There is no money to remove the pool – that has been fixed to solve the runoff issues – and it will sit there, next to the $2 million spray park the park district is installing (I wonder what runoff issues that will have) as an empty eyesore and a reminder that politics so often trumps community interest.

I wonder what the park board sees as the public benefit to letting Titlow crumble? Let’s ask.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. SwordofPerseus says:

    Neglect, fraud, incompetence, corruption, cronyism, nepotism, and abuse of the public’s trust and best interests seem to be the major problems in Tacoma and Pierce County. I’m betting someone has a kickback arrangement for the sale of the choice waterfront acreage to private developers. No evidence other that circumstantial, but ya know it happens. This would be a great loss to the community in terms of recreation and public safety. As a matter of fact my brothers and myself learned to swim at Titlow in the summer of 1965 and ’66. I have always been thankful for those lesson so many years ago, the ability to swim has proven more than useful over the years. To let a facility such as Titlow just rot away amounts to criminal neglect on the part of the Metro Parks Department.

  2. It’s pretty sad. What do they have against Titlow pool? Someone must be salivating to get that land it’s on or something.

    I learned to swim there over 40 yrs ago.

  3. dstraits says:

    I also don’t understand the reasoning for closing. Someone will benefit and it won’t be the taxpayer.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    The spray parks are cheaper to operate and insure for liability. They are also more fun for fat, lazy kids who don’t like real exercise.

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