Town mulls pool proposal

JOHNSBURG The reasons to build a pool at Ski Bowl Park are many, Susan Murante told the Johnsburg Town Board last week. Why a pool? Murante said. For recreation, for health reasons, for aquatic therapy, for swim lessons. ...And it would be a wonderful promotion to those who come in the summer. Murante urged the Town Board to dust off a 1983 proposal that went to referendum but was defeated by voters. The plan called for an indoor pool that could be opened up to the open air in the summer months. Its an idea thats been around for a long time,?Murante said. The push for a pool came in response to news that U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand was seeking funding for Ski Bowl Park. Pool proponents said that a pool would be something that would benefit the entire town. Im 77, Barbara Lynch told the board. I?have lots wrong with me. I?cant walk more than 100 feet. But I?can swim and I can float and it would be good for me. Not everyone in the crowd agreed with the idea for a pool. One gentleman pointed to the cost of maintaining the facility and said that alone would make the plan prohibitive. Further, he said, people dont come to North Creek to swim and he doubted significant numbers of people would use the pool. If you build it, will they come? he said. No! Ski Bowl Park Commission Chairwoman Andi McKee said she thought a pool is a wonderful idea but said she wouldnt want to see it come at the expense of other improvements needed at the park. It needs to be part of our overall vision for the park,?McKee said, adding that the Park Commission has worked to develop a comprehensive plan for the park. The challenge would be to integrate the pool into the plan without other aspects suffering, McKee said. Key among other park needs, McKee said, are a sledding hill, rebuilding the changing house, repairs to basketball and tennis courts and development of picnic areas. After a lengthy discussion regarding the pool, the board referred the proposal to the Ski Bowl Park Commission for further investigation. Thats where it needs to start,?said Town Supervisor Bill Thomas.

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