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Bainbridge needs a new aquatic facility | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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To the editor:

Although not a resident of Bainbridge Island, I swim there every day with the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters Swimming Team. I love that we have access to the pool, with the facility being open seven days a week.

And yet, even with those extensive hours, the pool is crowded most of the time. Between lap swimming, masters, high school, age group club, water polo, aquacise, public swim and others, there is not enough pool space to accommodate and expand these already very successful programs.

Just speaking for the masters team, since April Cheadle became our Coach several years ago, the program has tripled in size, with almost every practice overflowing with swimmers in each lane.

As I travel the western United States in my work, I see many small towns (yes, even smaller than Bainbridge Island) that have beautiful indoor Olympic-size aquatic facilities. Why is it that in one of the wealthiest communities in Washington, let alone the country, we don’t have a better facility?

Although I am very happy we have the facility we do, I believe the current facility could be improved, if not the construction of a new facility. USA Swimming provides information on the construction of new swimming pools and estimates the construction, including annual costs of an Olympic swimming facility in the neighborhood $2.5 million to $3 million with a two-year time period to recoup that cost base on rental costs of the facility. I submit that if we did, we could hold national and international competitions that would bring a much welcome boon to the local economy.

That is my two cents.



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