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Council hears pool concerns

July 22, 2013

The City of Warren has been hearing some concerns over hours at the municipal pool....

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Brazil

Jul-22-13 11:00 PM

I thought the cutback was too far and I have used the pool for years in the evening. I thought a better way was to go to 12-7 on Tue/Wed/Thur instead of 12-8. 12-6 was completely cutting out the day shift families who wanted to come to the pool for an hour or so in the evening. I think the pool could be better publicized as well.

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saveourschools

Jul-22-13 2:07 PM

Dab, when it came to the issue of peak sun, you have to understand my concern with that one. In todays world we have parents that are so afraid of everything. Instead the kids are stuck at home, in front of computers\computer toys eating colorless foods and constantly sick because they are always at the doctors for every sniffle getting overloaded with antibiotics or living in over sterilized environments and then left weak immune systems. I couldn't help but feel like saying, really? we are going down the road of now not allowing kids to swim in the sun? People, over zealous but well intentioned people, take those type of complaints seriously. I guarantee their were parents agreeing with you and pulling out sun cancer statistics to support it. Look at all the swim shirts sold with boys swim suits this year. I guarantee some took it very seriously.

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saveourschools

Jul-22-13 1:57 PM

It all comes down to cost. If the evening crowd is large enough to support it, then have evening hours to accomodate. I'd hate to see us losing the pool as a community asset. Brokenstraws future is already in trouble. Cost is the factor. If its used - awesome! I love to see a packed parking lot down there. It is truly a great asset for the kids and families. The playground groups are another great asset that I wish more people would encourage their kids to participate in.

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saveourschools

Jul-22-13 1:54 PM

Dab, they didn't shift hours on wednesday. It still opens at noon, just as it does each day. It includes 2 extra hours at the end of the day which the business manager who is relatively new thinks is a new idea. That is not true. I have been buying family memberships for years excluding the year it was closed for renovations. It has had evening hours, usually twice a week but currently one night except for 2 days is extended to 6. In the past I have seen only about half participation at evening hours and very little participation at evening activities. The nighttime movies did well though. At 5 pm the pool has always cleared out, most going home for dinner and not returning. The after dinner crowd was always much smaller. The only thing that made this not so bad was exceptionally hot days when they use to have the concession stand and some families would buy pizza and hot dogs for their suppers and stay at the pool but yes, it has had a day to two days of evening hours before.

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MTOMTO

Jul-22-13 9:56 AM

And the meeting is held at 4:30? Many work until 5:00.

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Dabogues

Jul-22-13 9:43 AM

The midday sun point was really just an add-in; the idea was that it would be nice to mix it up a little bit to not ONLY have it open at that time. For those of us with very small children, sunscreen can only be so helpful. Wouldn't cal lit a complaint so much as an additional point to the primary: that working parents don't have much opportunity outside of the weekend to play with their kids at the pool. Just shifting some of the hours a couple of days would be nice (which is what they're doing with Wednesdays) for those of us who work.

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saveourschools

Jul-22-13 8:21 AM

The pool should be extended by an hour to see if those families missing out show up. If it doesn't bring as much of a crowd to pay the expense of it open then so be it, if it does then extend the hours. I can't believe someone would complain about having it open during the hottest period of the day, really? Are you only letting your kid play outside in the evening? I hate to tell this person complaining but I live near the pool and that's when its packed. I'd rather have my kids swimming than sitting in the house or playing outside in the heat without the pool during those hours. Ever hear of sunscreen? Wow....never thought I'd see the complaint of when the sun is at its peak in regards to swimming, I understand the work issue but the other? Isn't that the point?

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