Monday, August 8, 2016

WNY: Amidst Sweltering Heat, Council to Again Ponder Third Pool

     As one of the hottest summers in memory heads towards September, City Council tonight will discuss fixing or replacing the Thompson Park Pool. Lawmakers have been on record saying they want to reopen the pool, which was closed in 2014 due to cost of operation and maintenance and mechanical issues.
       It's expensive, but so is everything and if their decision is to reopen it, then spend the money and make it something to last and be enjoyed for years to come.
       Ultimately the issue is whether a city this size needs three pools. The Mayor has often said two is plenty but has voted to keep the park pool while renovating the other two.
        In 2015, Council rejected a staff recommendation to demolish the pool.
         Tonights discussion will stall on the issue of money and there is no one who will contribute to a new pool.
         Bottom line.....If Council wants it, get out the checkbook.   http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/City-Looks-To-Fix-Up-and-Reopen--389432032.html

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was up there Saturday,beautiful day,not too hot,and there was one group having a family type gathering near the square area,and another group of ladies at the pavilion.Darn shame to see so many empty picnic tables and the Park going to waste.Possibly a pool/splash pool might bring more families to utilize the Park.

Anonymous said...

It's not worth the money for the short amount of time it's open.

Anonymous said...

Over the years the pool recieved minimum amount of care and was patched numerous times, the bathouse received a new roof in a time when it was thought it would be torn down, look around the area how many pools exsist in the neighborhoods near the park? lots, quite a few outlining schools bus students into the zoo, and for pool use. The Northside pool is in need of work in the pumphouse, pipes are corroded, and need to be replaced.

Anonymous said...

Just keep in mind that if they open the pool it has to be completely ruined by installing the new Obama ADA wheelchair ramps that take up half the pool. The old ADA accommodation methods used a sling on a hoist rigged to a beam. But that wasn't good enough for Obama's justice department because it didn't take up half the pool.

These projects should cost $50k or $100k but just like the monument project, they have to pay "prevailing wages" and hire the engineering cartel as well as contractors with "minority" status. It is stark contrast that folks get pools installed in their homes all summer long and they don't have an engineer or pay prevailing rates and they get by for less than million$ when they do it.

Anonymous said...

The residents and taxpayers on the East Side of the City want this pool preserved. The historic Thompson Park is a landmark destination for many people, and the 92-year old pool is what makes much of that destination experience fun and enjoyable along with the zoo, the trails,the tennis courts, the open fields for kite flying, and now the soldiers' monument with the beautiful flowers. Our community needs to maintain the great things we have, not eliminate them. The pool is one of the extraordinary assets that enhance our city. Let's get behind the project to save Thompson Park Pool.

Anonymous said...

Get out the checkbook, that isn't theirs personally...see arena. Numbers, data, justification. That's all we taxpayers want from time to time. Is parks and recs capable of running another pool?? They seem to struggle with what they have. Can't book the arena. This is added distractions for them.

Anonymous said...

If the pool isn't rehabbed now, it will never get done. Future generations will look back and wonder why nothing was done. Similar to the wading pool that was filled in and the the beautiful architecture that was torn down by "visionaries," we always look back and wonder why. Kudos to this council for actually exercising some real vision for the future. That's what we elected you for.

Anonymous said...

What is this city coming to????? We have demoted people in our public safety workforce because we had too many for what we needed.. Now the Parks and Rec. superintendent herself said we have more pools than any other city our size already, and what are we going to ponder????? Adding another pool.. Have the entire city council gone crazy with priorities. Yes, it would be a great thing for the historic pool, but the money has to come up from somewhere. Why don't we just sell the entire police and fire department and maybe add in public works, so we can afford another thing we really dont need or benefit from.
I surely hope city residents remember this when its voting time again. AND, get to council meetings and ask what they are thinking about. Better yet, call each and every council member to tell them their priorities are really backwards..

Anonymous said...

Pools are open less than 90 days a year.

2 is sufficient.


Build kiddie splash area at park. Fits in better with playground.

Keep teenagers separated from little kids.

Anonymous said...

Well, no run really has any respect for the parks and recs "czar" so that's off the table. But remember, the previous council had their boondoggle, see ARENAGATE. So maybe this group is just trying to catch up :). 2:46 is spot on. We need to focus on projects that help the infrastructure and encourage real business in the city. This isn't one of them.

Anonymous said...

They should never had closed it because now it is more costly where repairs and or improvements would have been cheaper with existing conditions grandfathered. However with that said up above mentioned opened less than 90 days in reality it is less than 60, June 27 to mid August. The pools did not extend hours in this heat wave or open earlier in the year when temperatures were high. A splash pad is sufficient and turn bathrooms into acceptable needed restrooms. How long can discussion go on as taxpayers have funded blueprints on the shelf and at least 4 studies?

Anonymous said...

This council has lost its mind, if it ever had one. Spend money on a pool while cutting public safety. Its time for them to figure out needs-vs-wants. Public safety, road maintenance, sewer, water= needs, pools, ice arenas, pavilions, riverwalks= wants

The ice arena seems to be going well, cant make ice, need more money for cooling system and on and on. So lets do a pool next!!!

Anonymous said...

Going through the park on summer days,that pool was often jammed with kids in the summer.Realize we have a couple others,but a pool,in addition to the zoo,and the monument,picnic tables,it affords families a cheap way to enjoy our city.Not everyone can afford,or knows someone who has a pool,and I saw many times that pool packed with laughing,happy kids..rather spend my city tax dollars on that,than another study or downstate lawyer.

Anonymous said...

were you born an A-hole or did you take some of those college courses they had back before the internets?
Would you want to be spectacle just to get in public pools?

the pool woulnt have been under new ADA if it was kept open. but that's OK, just blame those fakers in wheelchairs...

Anonymous said...

The pool at Ft. Drum has been closed, it's now refurbished completely done, yet no news story was done on it, and they have a monument also..

Anonymous said...

We have a river running right through town. Rope off a section and use that to swim, at your own risk of course.

Anonymous said...

The High School has a pool on the same side of the city. Make a deal to use it.

Anonymous said...

You got new Ice arena you all CRIED FOR now be happy with that and stop crying for more .

Anonymous said...

I was listening to the caller that pointed out that the park's pool was the least used when it was closed and he felt that if it is redone, it should be a splash park for smaller children. The reason it was the least used is that most kids would need to WALK up to the park to use it. Enough said, today's kids are so lazy they would barely get off the couch and put down the I-phone. If mommy with the EBT card isn't driving them some where, they aren't going.