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Jennie's Journey

Let's get a pool built in Grandview

It seems the question regarding what to do with the Grandview Municipal swimming pool has nearly died on the vine.

But, there are some of us who haven't forgotten the warnings of engineers that have each year had to evaluate whether or not the city can open it for the summer swimming season.

There are some of us who care about the fate of the swimming pool. We care about what the loss of that pool would mean to our youth and the community.

Those of us who are swim team parents wait on pins and needles to hear whether or not our children will be able to compete in their home swimming pool.

We prefer that children in Grandview represent their home town, not Sunnyside or Prosser. We don't want our city to go without a pool for other reasons, too.

The pool provides youngsters recreational opportunities. The experts have said recreational opportunities keep children from "getting into trouble," and it is the public that complains when the kids are "getting into trouble."

It's been three years since a committee formed and brainstormed ideas for replacing the current pool.

The committee, after the public twice voted down bond measures that would have paid for the construction of a new pool, urged the city council to come up with an alternative plan. "Not right now because the economy isn't looking so good," the council told the committee.

That's a paraphrase of what was said at a council meeting.

The committee ceased its meetings in hopes that the city council might revisit the issue and parents were left wondering why they couldn't start fundraising efforts.

The city of Grandview has proven it can work together to accomplish great things as evidenced by the downtown revitalization, the new library and the new community center. All of those projects have been completed since the pool committee last held discussions.

I hear there is a group of community members gathering to discuss possibilities for a dog park. Great for them, but please tell me how we are going to address the pool issue.

Our children are our future and if we don't address their needs first, we are opening the door to the "trouble" so many are worried about.

I think it is time for the community to come together to support an effort for replacing the pool with a simple replacement before we lose it altogether and end up like Granger...a city that no longer has a public pool facility.

Prosser comes to mind when I think of a community supporting its youth and pool facility.

If our community leaders can find grants for downtown improvements, a library and a community center, I believe they can also find grant funding for a pool.

Take a stand. Tell the city council it is time to address this need before it's too late and the engineers tell us the pool is no longer operable.

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