To the Editor:
I am writing to urge readers to vote “YES” twice for the Lake Park High School Community Aquatic Facility referendum.
The cost is very low. The indoor facility will run the average owner of a $200,000 home $26 per year. For most of us, that’s less than the cost of one dinner out or a month of gym fees. For those concerned about paying for repairs down the road, the school board is putting aside $35,000 per year. In 10 years, that maintenance/repair fund will accumulate $350,000 for handling such issues.
The benefits, on the other hand, are huge! Students will experience a much more well-rounded education, learning water safety and experiencing swimming as a healthy exercise option in physical education class. The swim and dive teams will finally have a home in which to practice and host meets. They have been relying on the generosity of other teams/schools far too long. Student-athletes from all sports will benefit from the warming pool for injury therapy. As LP completes its first year in the ultra-competitive DVC conference, the time to equalize the campus with peers is yesterday.
As for residents, they will have daily access to free lap swim (how many aquatic centers do that?) and water-related classes through local park districts. The school district has scheduled two mailings to inform the community of all the amenities the aquatic center has to offer. I hope residents read the material, because the proposal really is good for everyone.
Not one to blindly support referendums, candidates or political parties, I stand behind this referendum; even though my kids will likely never see the pool as students/athletes, I plan to use it and to promote it as one of our community’s greatest assets when I sell my home.
Jackie Tithof Steere