A Daily News editorial questioned whether College of the Mainland should spend up to $300,000 to repair its swimming pool. The editorial said that “the only real pressure to keep the pool open is from senior citizens, who use the pool for recreation, and not from people who are concerned about educational programs.”
I have been using the pool at College of the Mainland two to three hours per day, five days a week for many years.
Heber Taylor is very misinformed when he states that the pool is used only by seniors for recreation (“Is that money well spent?” The Daily News, June 27).
When the pool was usable, people were waiting to get in a 6 a.m. They were not there for recreation but to maintain health and mobility. At 9 a.m., when the water exercise classes started, people of all ages attended.
Classes at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. were also filled to capacity. In addition, hundreds of local children have learned to swim at COM.
The pool is also used by families during free swim hours, others training for triathlons and other water-related competitions, people getting in a few laps before work and some rehabbing after illness or surgery.
It’s just a recreation pool for a few seniors? I don’t think so.