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.