Have you been to our most awesome outdoor pool yet this year? If not … why not? (It is at 3130 16 Street SW).
At a recent South Calgary Board Meeting someone had the audacity to raise the question:
“Should we close the pool? We lost $20,000 last year.”
Like many of you, I very much value our pool … but almost never use it! So I committed to using it and brought some of my triathlon training buddies to the facility. I loved our early morning swim. However, I noted some of my buddies were laughing and ‘complaining’ about the pool deck and scratching their fingers on the bottom of the pool. I took no notice – as they are just girly and wimpy.
Later in the day I suggested to my 12 year old we go swimming. He immediately said … ‘maybe’. I incredulously asked why he would not want to go to the pool. He spoke without hesitation about the facility … and all the things he did not like about it. My wife then spoke up about the things she did not like about it.
I was simply amazed … until I thought about it. Why is this wonderful facility so neglected? Why does the building have such poor curb appeal? Why did we have a wonderful facility built in the 1970’s (I presume), and why is it not currently a ‘world class’ facility? How come most of the city’s outdoor pools … seem shabby?
Like many of you … I probably will not take the time to find out the answers to these questions … and get involved in trying to make the facility world class. I know I probably should. Perhaps you are interested in stepping up and helping me find out the answers. Could we … make a difference?
The Pool Schedule: http://www.southcalgarycommunity.ca/pool/schedule.html
Pool Address: 3130 16 Street SW