Today, City Manager Michael O’Brien is unveiling a plan to build a brand new pool facility at Crompton Park, part of what he calls a master plan to restore pools and swimming city wide.
But pool advocates are crying foul on the proposal.
In a call to action from activist and Council candidate Grace Ross, the plan is decried as being “what he has proposed all along” and the Manager is accused of “[ignoring] all community voices.”
Read the full call to action after the jump.
“Friends – OUT OF NO WHERE THE CITY MANAGER ASKS THE COUNCIL TO IGNORE ALL COMMUNITY VOICES ON OUR POOLS and VOTE TO BUILD WHAT HE HAS PROPOSED ALL ALONG!
We are attaching City Manager O’Brien’s proposal to City Council for a VOTE TONIGHT this Tuesday on what he says is a consensus proposal: three mega-pools, first one in Crompton Park. No neighborhood-sized pools, not nine pools, no others ever in District 4 – even though all across the district we have more children & fewer cars so only neighborhood pools are accessible to us!
THIS IS NOT WHAT ANYONE ASKED FOR, WE MUST STOP THIS TRAVESTY!
1st – the next step was supposed to be the manager’s proposal being heard by the Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee which held the hearings – the Manager proposes skipping this.
2nd – The Manager states there is “complete consensus” to “pools with all the amenities” and then ignores everything people have said – that we need to rebuild as many neighborhood pools as possible – state of the art but without all the bells and whistles, that hundreds of residents have offered to help in any way possible the building, that we don’t want spray parks… It’s as if everything everyone has said did not exist…
3rd – He is short-circuiting getting a report on possible renovation from our pools experts who came in, he is ignoring that everyone else has offered a more affordable, neighborhood-sized pool option, and undermined the committee process that would allow us to ask for these and he has not continued the process to get a task force to build public/private options!
PLEASE CALL AT LEAST ONE CITY COUNCILOR! (see below)
Plan to come to a City Council meeting to insist that we exist! We have voiced what we want & need!
– Some of us need to be at the Council meeting TONIGHT, Sept. 1st, gather at 6:30, 7pm Council Mtg!
– We will also be planning a bigger turn out in the near future!
We will stay in touch – but if you can, letters to the newspaper, calls into the radio shows – NOW is the time period we are really going to have to speak out and insist that we are heard!
for Save Our Pools!”