Sunday, March 20, 2016

Fate of Thompson Park Pool Still Unknown

     A spate of recent news about the Thompson Park Pool has produced the expected result. Pining over having a pool tempered by denial over the cost...(whatever you think the cost should be).
      Mayor Butler rightly argues the bathhouse is perhaps the most important improvement as it could be used to support activities and visitors year round, while the pool itself is only open six to eight weeks, in a city where there are two other pools.
      Experience teaches me there will never be a day when its convenient to spend so much money on a pool alone.  It's not a question of being mean or uncaring to the fond memories of swimming there. It's not an affront to the east side either.
     It's very simple. After enduring the controversy over the Arena, no one wants the ridicule and no one wants the upward pressure on taxes this will bring.  You know the drill. Jay and Civic muse, Newzjunky posts with a sexy headline, lawmakers scamper.
     That's why I don't see this issue moving soon, and there will be a day when it all quietly goes away and the City issues itself on condemnation order on its own pool.
Fate of Thompson Park Pool Still Unknown

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

You make a strong case. But the Trump phenomena should teach us something about politics. The contemporary method of dealing with detractors, where you apologize and treat them with respect, cannot end soon enough.

But lets not forget that you and your fellow lawmakers were quick to spend half a million on and unneeded "learning center" in order to pay homage to a bird sanctuary mayor. And after that, you all eagerly signed on to pay homage to some retired 10th Mountain washed up military bureaucrats and pAddie Ritchie cashed in one of her limited favors to supporter that with public money. At the same time, you and your fellow lawmakers did not address the bathrooms and other amenities you bring up now.

Let me also point out, I own a pool and we get a lot more use out of it than 8 weeks and all it takes is a very nominal heating bill.

The entire theme of the park is supposed to be about family recreation and a pool is the perfect thing to go there.

Anonymous said...

The estimate is for over a million dollars. You know that will become two mil before it's over. And for 6 weeks? Baloney. The only way I could see it is if Mr Carmen from Samaritan donates the million from his bloated salary. The people can't afford this, but he can.

Anonymous said...

11:41 Seriously thinking something is wrong about you. It's the first day of Spring. Can you stop with your whining already, how many petty issues did you touch on, the false Trump Conservative Candidate you have bought into, Addie and h er supporters, the homage to washed up 10th Mt. bureaucrats, bird sanctuary mayor, your own pool usage.

Let it go for a day please, your health with thank you for it.

Anonymous said...

Six weeks? That is nonsense,it is more like ten,and if they would open it sooner or stay open later based on the weather,it could be more like twelve or fourteen.

Anonymous said...

VERY well said 11:41, it's rather ironic that this same discussion didn't take place with the arena. All politicians have their pet projects but your points are valid and truthful

Anonymous said...

905 These people are not really politicians. They don't really decide anything and in most cases are there because no one else wanted it. Case in point, our last mayor.

Anonymous said...

1209 you cannot get Tirene to spend their dough on anything but themselves. Listen to their unpaid contractors at bars in the Bay.

Anonymous said...

I, like many others, watched the recent local campaign sometimes with great amusement. I do recall however that several of the candidates, including a few that eventually won office, pledges possible support to a pool project that was estimated to cost between $400,000 and $1,000,000. This site even posted these numbers as part of a feature.

Now, we are being told that the actual cost may be more like $2,500,000. How can this be???? I suspect that we may have been mislead, voters and the candidates, regarding the cost of the project. This situation is no placing the new members of council and the new Mayor in a tough spot. Deliberate or incompetence???

I am so sick and tired of the public being mislead, discounted, and lied to that I am ready to sell my home and get out of this disaster for good. Do they really expect us to believe that the actual costs were not know or have appreciated 150%? I think that we were again lied to by those in charge and at P & R. When are we going to demand more competent leadership???

Anonymous said...

It's a shame that the pool was closed with no plan in place as to what would be done after. More kicking the can down the road. Lack of leadership and poor governance caused this.

Jeff Graham said...

914. It was closed with the intent not to reopen and be demolished. That was my intent and the others too till a campaign came around.
The idea was to offer an alternative like the splash park proffered by Rev.Garry and the Rotary. It was my hope resources could be spent on rest tooms and other amenities up there like lighting and maybe a revived bandstand.
So to your point. There was a plan, but it was changed by election with is how the public will is manifested in policy. So now we are rebuilding the pool.

Anonymous said...

Let Samaritan , new York Airbrake and Stream All pitch in and pay for the total cost of the pool and rest rooms. We handed over a new parking and lot to stream and Air Brake Was Coddled for years with tax breaks when they were making millions . Let them all give back to the community.AND only in Watertown can Cost estimates be written in the millions .

Anonymous said...

Years ago we used to swim in an old gravel pit that flooded with water and you know what? We all survived!
We even swung from a rope that was tied to an overhead tree branch. OOOH the perils!!!

Why can't the city just patch up the leaks in the pool and spruce up the bath house. The bath house will need this any way won't it regardless of the pool work?

We don't need an Olympic quality pool, only a vessel that will hold water for about 8 weeks a summer.

Anonymous said...

Why did the city let the pool get in such a miserable state to begin with? Jeff, didn't it ever come up in your budgets in 20 years in office that it needed work?

Anonymous said...

And...crickets.