Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:12 PM
As a recreational swimmer, and former Ogden High School Junior ROTC instructor for 20 years, I have been following the comments, for and against, the funding of Ogden and Ben Lomond High School swimming pools with great interest. The comments given by other readers bring the following thoughts to my mind:
1) The Lorin Farr pool is not a good alternative. It stays open only three months out of the year and morning swimming lessons are not that effective 2) The Marshall White pool is small. With the high school swim teams and local swim teams trying to schedule practice time, scheduling would become a nightmare for the administrators 3) The Ogden Athletic Club pool is crowded year-round. Recreational, lap swimmers, and swimming instructions would probably suffer for team swimming.
If a bond was passed, I feel the best solution would be to remove both high school pools and build a large modern indoor swimming complex, like the one just completed in Provo on school or city property. Let both the Ogden School District and Ogden city share the cost of building a maintaining the pool.
Teaching swimming is an educational process. The techniques taught in our pools have saved lives in our local area where swimming, boating, and recreational activities exist.
Other advantages of swimming in a supervised pool is that it is cleaner, and recognized as the best method of staying in good physical shape for the human body.
I encourage all citizens of Ogden to consider the facts involved with closing two of Ogden’s most important facilities for youth and adults. They both have served this community well for many years as part of an educational process, competitive swimming programs, and recreational swimming for youth and adults.
I encourage all in Ogden to vote ‘yes’ for the pools!
Darrell W. Shaw
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