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7 - Matters for Discussion/Information Letter from Fran Sheets swimming pool~ _ '~,~~ ~ ~i'~.3~ , ~~ ~ ~~ . Apnl 19, 2001 ~ Deaz Pazks and Recreat~on Boazd members, , I am a Boulder Aquatic Master's (BAM) boazd member, but I am wnhng you now to express my personal ideas, not the BAM board's To begm, I would like to express my appreciation to your boazd for the incred~ble patience members display at meetings Listemng to the public participation at the last meeting I was struck once agazn by the number of people deeply committed to a large variety of team and mdrndual sports in Boulder who speak at your meehngs lobbying their personal interests, requiring your time and patience At the last boazd meehng we heazd large numbers of b~cyclists, gymnasts, swimmers and Yoga pracritroners who spoke their mmds and hearts. It struck me, agam, the tugh level of commitment to athletics m Boulder and how this, over the years, has added to the umqueness of tlus commwuty. Tlunking about this led me to wonder about the assumptions we are making m construcring the sLdes and a shallow leisure pool at NBRC There hasn't been a smgle crtizen or group at any of the meetmgs I've attended advocatmg for tkus pool The leisure pool, as rt is now des~gned, is 2-3 feet deep and will not be able to serve the mterests of anyone but the shortest and smallest l~ttle people Two feet is too shallow for even an adult mstructor to be comfortably workmg ~'""' As Kevm Edwazds suggested m his talk at the Apnl2nd meehng, we have a choice now to ~"" build another mmimally adequate swimmmg pool and another limited use shallow pool with a slide, OR we could build a swim center that could actually begm to meet the unmet and ever-mcreasmg demands for swim space for classes, sw~m teams and lap swunmers m Boulder Perhaps a more useable second lap pool, rather than a leisure pool could remain more shallow and wazmer than the 8 lane pool but it would shll be more practical and used more consistently than the pool now m the plans. The demands for pool space aze great enough that two swimmmg pools could be scheduled full hme with the high school teams, master's workouts, lap swimmers, water aerobics, water fitness, and children's swim classes And by simply elimmatmg the two water slides, we would also be savmg thousands of dollars It ts true that Boulder does not currently have a leisure swim center or a"water world" w~th vanous play azeas, multiple pools, sl~des etc As a result, a number of mothers with small children livmg m North Boulder have told me they dnve their children to Broomfield's Bay m the summer and to the Lafayette mdoor pool m the wmter They all told me, grven the plans for the NBRC leisure pool, they will contmue to dnve out of the city The pool, as it is now designed, is not interestmg or complex enough to warrant their usmg it more than a few visits and with the youngest of children. Like the East leisure pool, it madequately sepazates the older children from the tiny tots and there is not enough vanat~on m play to sustam their mterest for the long run. Clearly, tf this commumty needs a leisure pool center to entertam ch~ldren, we need to consider bu~ldmg somethmg more r~ extensrve that can adequately manage a vanety of ages and mterests But the cunent plans ~,.~. do not address th~s Further, desp~te discuss~ons that this leisure pool will double for ,,.,~ fitness dass and child swim classes, this will be d~fficult smce the depth iS 2 feet m the open area It makes more sense to provide for the current and future yeaz round swimmmg needs of the commumty and build a real le~sure center elsewhere, perhaps m the Valmont Park We currently have unmet and growing need for yeaz-round swtmmmg space m Soulder Buildmg two adequate, 25 yazd swimmmg pools, (with the new one havmg 81anes~) would go a long ways to meehng these needs Thank you for your t~me, pat~ence and consideration m these matters Smcerely, ~ ~~ Fran Sheets 520 Manne St Boulder, CO 80302 ~ , .~ "1