To the Editor,
I am writing to express my concern that the YMCA pool is threatened with closure.
I am in the pool twice a week with my children and have them in swimming lessons there an additional day each week. In the summer I had them in swimming lessons five days a week.
My five year old has totally overcome his fear of the water and is almost swimming and my three year old cries to go she loves the pool so much. If the pool closes, I will be directly affected.
Perhaps the more important point is that if we do not have a pool in this community every member of this community will be affected. It will affect our standard of living by its absence because without a pool our ability to attract physicians and business investment will be significantly diminished.
I grew up taking an old school bus weekly throughout the winter to Sackville, N.B., so I could learn to swim. I spent summers swimming and then lifeguarding at Dickey Park Pool. When the YMCA opened, I was among the first group of lifeguards and swimming instructors hired. I remember how happy we were that we had finally arrived - we were a real town with an indoor pool and everything.
I can hardly believe that my kids might be riding the bus to Sackville for winter swimming lessons and swimming I do not know where in the summer. Perhaps at the quarry like my father did when he was a boy?
I ask you to make the difficult, but necessary, decision to support the Amherst community pool.
Jason Blanch, Amherst