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METRO PARKS: Pools should serve all ages

Letter by John C. Cain, Tacoma on July 30, 2012 at 11:22 am with 3 Comments »
July 30, 2012 2:30 pm

Metro Park’s investment in the Kandle Park swimming pool was made long ago, and during these hot days of summer seems like a wise investment when measured in the shouts and laughter of the children. But it is really nothing more than a kiddie pool.

Children could play at the Titlow pool, but because it was Olympic-sized, it was a place where serious swimmers could do laps. That the park district offers a place for children to play in water is nice, but that it has allowed such a magnificent pool to decay is shameful. Kiddie pools are transitory and quickly outgrown.

When NBC does a short piece on the life of an Olympic swimmer, you do not see kiddie pools. Swimming is one of the few athletic activities that one can do for a decades. Federal Way has an Olympic-size pool, but why should a citizen of Tacoma travel to take a swim?

First-rate cities provide opportunities for citizens of all ages and of all abilities. Metro Parks’ neglect of Titlow is shortsighted and childish. Perhaps that is why it favors kiddie pools.

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  1. alindasue says:

    I am starting to be disturbed by the number of pools being replaces with water play parks. First the pool on 56th and now Titlow…

  2. The letter writer answered his question within his letter…..He included “first-rate cities” in a letter regarding Tacoma.

  3. itwasntmethistime says:

    Kids can’t learn to swim in spray parks. I predict there will be more teens drowning in local lakes in the coming years.

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