Poll: longer pool season desired

Friday, March 14, 2008
Children enjoy the water at the Greencastle Aquatics Center last summer.

A vast majority of voters on the BannerGraphic's unofficial web pool expressed a desire to leave the city pool open longer at the end of the summer.

Currently, the aquatics center at Greencastle's Robe-Ann Park closes for the season in early to mid-August, depending on when local students return to school.

During the March meeting of the Greencastle Park Board, member Russ Evans asked the Parks and Recreation Department to re-consider a previous decision to close the pool at the start of school.

Parks and Recreation Director Rodweinschenk said most of the lifeguards and staff, who are college students, return to classes, which makes it impossible to keep the pool open.

Additionally, he said it isn't feasible to have the pool open during the week because everyone is in school.

Evans, on the other hand, suggested the pool be opened only on the weekends up to Labor Day and under reduced hours.

Following the meeting, the BannerGraphic posed the question to readers on its website, and here's what they had to say:

"At least keep it open on the weekends. This is only about three weekends later. Some families can only make it on the weekends."


"The pool being open after school and on weekends is a great idea. The children return to school during the hottest part of the summer and would love the cool-down after school."


"Give parents a time to swim in the pool while the kids are in school. This should be, after the parents have watched the kids swim all summer."


The specific vote tallies to the question: "Do you think the Greencastle City Pool should stay open until Labor Day?" are as follows:

* No. I think it should close when students return to school in August -- 12.1 percent (61 votes),

* Yes. I think it should remain open until Labor Day -- 76.1 percent (385 votes), and

* I don't think the city should have a pool at all -- 11.9 percent (60 votes).

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  • I would like to vote on a poll for longer warm weather and less cold.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 4:30 AM
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