A big THANK YOU to all who attended the public meeting held at Titlow Pool on the evening of Thursday September 1st. A special thanks to the parks board members (Tim Reid and Erik Hanberg) who took time out of their busy schedules to spend some time with us to begin the process of finding a solution to keeping Titlow Pool up and running. Another thanks goes out to the swim teams that were present. In attendance were Trever Grey and Sam Scott of TSC, Bret Foreman of PSA, and Dane Wolfrom of Metro Aquatics. A shout out to Anders Ibsen who is running for Tacoma City Council, Posistion 1 (www.andersibsen.com) who also took time out of his day to stop by and educate himself on the issue.
The major item discussed was of course how TAG can help Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) continue to run the pool in the future until a new permanent site can be located and Tim and Erik were very helpful in giving us some insight on the issues TAG and MPT are up against. Other issues discussed were:
- The upcoming spray park at Titlow which goes back out to bid on September 15 and what that will mean to the pool and the surrounding neighborhood.
- The intentions of MPT to actually remove the pool in 4-5 years and the fact there are no funds either locally or at the state level to demo the facility.
- Members of the public who were in attendance commented on the 2005 Parks Board Improvement Bond which listed the North/West/Central Pool (Kandle Park) as a “Replacement for Titlow Pool”.
What is the next step for TAG? Most importantly we will follow the suggestion offered to us by MPT at the meeting and will be submitting updated budget information coupled with our proposed 2012 Season Lane Rental Schedule. Our goal is to get the board educated on what is really going on financially with the pool so that the true financial picture can be realized. In the near future we will be encouraging all concerned parties to reach out to the board members of MPT, Tacoma City Council, the media, and any others they feel can have a positive impact on our mission.
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