Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pool complaint

August 29, 2012


To the editor:

I have lived in Lawrence for over 30 years and worked downtown for 20 years. I no longer work in town, but I continue to watch the downward spiral of businesses and poor decision-making by our wonderful City Commission. One of the most poorly run operations in town (if not the country) is the city’s swimming pool. I will never understand why a city pool does not open until 1 p.m. We spent millions of dollars renovating this facility and yet even in one of the hottest summers on record, the city does not provide a place to cool off or take our kids until 1 p.m.!

I have heard the excuse that the mornings are reserved for swimming lessons, but this is ridiculous and could easily be scheduled to accommodate an earlier opening of, say, 11 a.m.  Besides, last time I checked there are no lessons on the weekends when the pool is the busiest.

Now the city wants to close the pool before Labor Day! There is not another pool in this country that closes before Labor Day. Yet another excuse provided for this brilliant idea is that there aren’t enough lifeguards. I personally know several lifeguards that would have loved the hours.

I guess I will have to find something else to do Labor Day weekend, but at least the dogs in town will have a place to swim and that is way more important apparently. Somebody please wake up and let us use the pool we have spent all this money on.  

Wally Wondrack



Roland Gunslinger 5 years, 2 months ago

Opening up at 1p.m. keeps operating costs lower as you only have to have 1 "shift" of workers to cover the open period rather than 2 shifts. Remember these workers are there before the pool opens and after it closes, so if you expand the hours you have to expand the number of employees working in day, which expands the operating costs, which raises the rates for use.

Phil Minkin 5 years, 2 months ago

I have no problem with a 1pm opening not only for the reason you give, but because it is open early for the aquahawks, then for classes and lap swimming and on Fridays for Boys and Girls Club and various other youth groups.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 2 months ago

We can't spend money on the kids. Heck we took away their bus rides to school a couple of years ago, now the pool. We have to fund the new library, shelter, theatre Lawrence, that moneypit called the empT and all the other pet projects of the burned out hippies that seem to be the vocal minority in this town.

John Hampton 5 years, 2 months ago

Any valid argument you might have had was lost due to your usage of 'absolutes'...

....because you've checked opening times at every US pool? Etc...

Makes you sound like the typical LJW comments whiner and not someone with a legit complaint.

Sorry, try again.

57chevy 5 years, 2 months ago

Its fascinating to read the comments to such an inocuous letter. They pretty much reiterate what I refer to as the Kansas motto: "Yeah, we've always sucked at that". The first comment is why its OK to not have the pool open. Obviously, its not open, so there is a reason. It just may not be a particularly valid one. The second through whatever commenters seem more focused on the quality of the discourse rather than issue. Lawrence, the great bastion of liberalism in Kansas, is, at this point, at best a mediocre example of a college town. Anyone who has been to Madison, Iowa City, Columbia or Manhattan will see towns with bike trails, recycling, sidewalks, more and better schools (not fewer), and, yes, open swimming pools. Argue for your liimitations and they win. Why can't Lawrence build a sidewalk, a bike trail that actually goes somewhere (other than out of town) , open more schools or keep a swimming pool open? There are plentyof reasons for each of these (including some egregous error in my use of language), but with each passing year, Lawrence accelerates its march towards being leading the college town of the twentieth centruy.

budwhysir 5 years, 2 months ago

Have you visited the pool daily over the last 30 years?

Zype 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm pretty sure the reason they're closing early this year is lack of lifeguards now that school has started again. You have to have a certain number on staff at all times.

fishy81 5 years, 2 months ago

looking for a baby sister now that you work out of town? if you drop the kids off at the pool at say 11 oclock i suppose you would want the city to provide them LUNCH. I have lived in several different communities and have yet to see an outdoor pool open before one.

fishy81 5 years, 2 months ago

oh and by the way as an adult this year i used the city indoor and outdoor pools regularly as i was training for some triathlons, let me say i think the city pools are outstanding. Period.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 2 months ago

The lifeguards only get paid $7.50/hr. Nobody except students will work for that, except for that cool guy Joe that works at the jail. He used to do it for fun but he's getting a little old. Pay up, Lawrence.

LWbored 5 years, 2 months ago

Extended Saturday hours would be nice.... but pool chemicals need time to sit, young staff is hard to schedule, and morning lessons bring in a lot of cash. Bottom line, if you don't like the public pools you need to join a country club or build your own pool.

vlivs 5 years, 2 months ago

The pool stayed open until Labor Day for years, and for some years even stayed open into September. What has become so different this year that they can't find staff? The management does not seem concerned about the kids who need this activity option as long as possible.

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