Letter to the Editor:

Thoughts on the Alva swimming pool


I was among some 50 persons who attended the Alva City Council meeting last evening (July 15), concerning the proposed municipal swimming pool. It was almost a three-hour meeting, with pros and cons for a city pool discussed. After the meeting, I had some thoughts that I wish to express to the citizens of Alva.

I grew up on a ranch in the Panhandle of Texas. I learned to swim in a horse tank as our town had no public pool. From that time on, I was hooked! During my public school years, we had to carpool 40 miles to the nearest public pool. It was not until my college years that I actually had access to an in-ground pool and, from that point on, swimming became my favorite pastime.

For the next half-century, it also became a big part of my professional career. I taught swimming at Panhandle A & M and NWOSU and sponsored a synchronized swimming group for 27 years, which was the highlight of my career.

Our town needs a public pool and we must realize that a pool constructed in 1939 is not going to last forever! We have to admit that what was new then cannot be new forever and requires more and more money to maintain with continuing regulations from state entities.

I was concerned that an increase in property taxes might be one way to finance the building of a new pool until I actually sat down and calculated that the taxes on my comfortable home, which was built in the 1950s but renovated many times, would only increase between $100 – $150 a year. Good grief! It costs more than that to spend one night in a medium priced motel for ONE NIGHT in this day and age!

I do believe that the cost of this new facility could be lowered experientially by eliminating many of the "carnival like" accessories and concentrate on building a pool that would accommodate all ages and abilities for enjoying the water with ample shaded areas surrounding it. If we could afford additional "toys," that would be a topic to consider in future years.

Food for thought.

Dr. Yvonne Carmichael


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