Last year, I tried to get a decision on the pool and everyone wanted to talk fondly of rebuilding it while simultaneously talking about disbelief and denial over the cost. The pool may be serviceable but staffing and putting up with the ratty bath house are as hostile to its operation as the mechanicals.
Let's see if tonight's Council meeting on the topic prompts a decision. Either move ahead with the multi million dollar replacement or decomission the pool and remove it. Pulling either trigger is unlikely to happen.
Thompson Park is an interesting asset and there is a Friends of the Thompson Park group wanting to create an endowment for improvments. There was even wistful talk of the old wading pool removed decades ago.
Thompson Park PoolThere are so many recreational options in today's world, the park as envisioned one hundred years ago is a massive and expensive amenity most people seldom visit.
Add to that the two major tenants in the park (Zoo and Golf Course) are openly said to be fiscally wobbly.
What's needed more than a third pool are rest rooms, lighting, trail marking, etc. But you can't have it all right away, and the unwillingness to cut loose the pool will stymie overall efforts at Thompson Park.
The Mayor is right when he says, as he did last week, that two pools are enough, but so far translating that to policy has been something not done by fiscal "hawks" who continue to wnat to have a pool and spend less or cut the Fire Department while saying you don't want to.