Dickey Park vs. YMCA pool

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To the Editor,

I read with interest that the YMCA's biggest expense is its pool, at $300,000 yearly, and that without this expense they could be viable.

To the Editor,

I read with interest that the YMCA's biggest expense is its pool, at $300,000 yearly, and that without this expense they could be viable.
I would like to suggest that they close the pool permanently and the town look at building a sports complex at Dickey Park. This would include an Olympic-sized pool, gymnasium rooms for volleyball, badminton, basketball and so on. It would also include meeting rooms a kitchen to accommodate groups that would like to use it for meetings or fundraising events.
There are organizations in this town with outdated buildings that could be shut down, allowing the clubs to be more cost effective.
It would also give our Spartan swim club, gymnastics club and other community indoor sports organizations a place to meet.
This would seem to be a excellent time to consider this as federal and provincial money is available, and I would suggest that it would be more used by the community than the rink, which the town allotted $8 million for.
It could be jointly funded by the federal government, the province, the town and the county.
So, what do you say Mr. Mayor, Mr. Baker and Warden Keith. This complex could be self-supporting, or nearly, and since it would be run by the town, probably well-managed. if others in this town feel as I do lets let our members of government know.
Walt Jones, Amherst

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  • DJ
    January 18, 2010 - 11:18

    I would love to see a multi-use facility here in Amherst that would include things like, a swimming pool, indoor soccer and a convention facility. If we could combine everything into one facility and market our geography (as the center of the maritimes) I would love to think that such a facility could be built and sustained.

  • first last
    January 18, 2010 - 10:59

    Federal and provincial governments do not provide ongoing funding to these sorts of projects. They may provide the initial capital, and then the maintenance costs will rapidly destroy the whole, larger centre.

    Plus the numerous shut down buildings would only add to the drained appearance of certain parts of town.

    The same well-managed town that destroyed a perfectly good S. Albion St. all last summer when much of the rest of the town's streets were crumbling?

    Such a building would be excellent though, but I recommend saving the idea for when the Y building needs replacement at least.