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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Coudersport Swimming Pool May Have To Close

Will Swimming Pool be open in 2009 in the Coudersport Borough?

Will the Coudersport Borough Swimming Pool be in operation in 2009 or will it set empty for the entire season. The swimming pool is an expensive facility to operate and with the rising costs and job conditions throughout the entire area it has become a reality that closing the pool may be the only alternative.

During the regular monthly meeting of Borough Council held on December 18, 2008 the chairman of the recreation committee asked the council to seriously think about the pool operation and be prepared to voice their opinion in regards to closing the pool with a likely hood that a vote will be taken at the January 21, 2009 meeting of council to determine whether to operate it in 2009.

If you are serious about having a swimming pool in 2009 you need to step up to bat and let the council members know your feelings. The Borough has to consider seriously of closing the pool entirely. The Borough would like to receive as much public input as possible before any final decision is made.

You can write to the Coudersport Borough, 201 S. West Street, Coudersport, Pa. 16915, email at coudyboro@zitomedia.net or call 814-274-9776 or come to the regular monthly meeting that will be held on Wednesday January 21, 2009 at the Borough Maintenance Facility located at 43 Damascus Road.

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

One of the best things the Boro could have done was enter a joint contract with CCMH when the expansion was taking place and together put in a YMCA size INDOOR pool. This could have generated revenue from "memberships" to the pool, as well as the fitness center. CHS could have looked at having a swim team instead of having the students travel to Bradford to be on a swim team and thus contributited to part of the expense and upkeep. It could also double as a therapy pool during set hours. This would have kept revenues coming in year round instead of just during the few weeks of summer. It would give a few jobs to the community such as lifeguards, pool cleaners, etc. Just a thought.....

Anonymous said...

maybe the town should syphon off little bit of the money wasted on promoting tourism and actually look after our kids recreation.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the town should siphon a little money off the gas companies and the wind companies and keep the pool open!! B.J.

Anonymous said...

If you want something, somone needs to pick up the bill. The council should set a really high fee to people that want to use the pool. Stop using the pool as a babysitting facility.

Anonymous said...

If The council would not have so many bosses they could save money.
as a tax payer in the boro, I Hear they have a boss for every employee.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first poster.

But it was not that long ago, there were some heated discussions going on about the Elem. School installing a pool. Thank Goodness that did not happen.

As far as charging more to swim at the pool, I think along with a lot of others that the price is pretty high now, they charge more, you will loose the ones who are paying now.

I think joining with the hospital is the best option, if it is still possible.... JMO

Anonymous said...

They just graduated 16 new county leaders...maybe one of those geniuses has an idea!!!!

JMHO said...

How much does the pool run it the red each year? I would love to have an in ground pool at my house, but I just can't afford it. I say if those that actually use the pool don't pay enough to keep it open, then close it. The boro must start running some of its operations like it is a business- not a charity.

JMHO

Anonymous said...

Since when did the boro council ever listen to what anyone who lives here thinks? If they want to raise taxes they do. If they want to raise the water bill, they do. If they want to raise the sewer bill way over what it had ever been, they do. Our kids should be one of the first concerns of our boro but look around. What do you see them doing in that area??

Anonymous said...

This is devastating news. As a young teen I spent, literally, every week day, 1 pm-6pm, at the swimming pool throughout the summer. Had there not been a swimming pool, I would not have been nearly as active. Our children need a fun activity and safe place in the summer months. Parents, many who work full-time, need an affordable alternative to leaving their young teens and teens to their own devices to walk the streets, sit on the sofa, etc. I look forward to taking my son to the pool this summer and support its continued operation.

Anonymous said...

They need to just pull the plug....drain the waer and make it into a skateboarding facility.

Anonymous said...

It makes me super sad to think about the pool closing. My children adore going there, and I enjoy taking them.

However there is no way we could continue to go if prices would increase. I am not familiar enough with the borough's budget to know whether or not there is enough money elsewhere to pull and fund it.

But we will definitely be sad if it closes.

Anonymous said...

Jump in the creek and swim...it's free and open year around.....

Anonymous said...

I am willing to subsidize the pool and allow it to operate at a loss if it saves ONE child from drowning! Where will our children learn to swim? This is a community service and well worth it!

Anonymous said...

It would be tragic if the pool closed! The pool is a huge asset to the community.

The answer lies in better management. We took our daughter several times over the summer and did not pay because the kids running the place had no change or it was late in the day etc. Instead of charging five dollars to a few people why not charge two or three dollars to everyone regardless of age. No one wants to pay fifteen dollars for a family of three to go swim for and hour or two- that is a lot of money to anyone. But paying six or eight dollars for a family of three would make it more reasonable for families to go more often.

If an adult were there to collect money and supervise the excessive number of teens "running the place" maybe there could even be a profit.

The swimming lessons are invaluable to our kids - where else will they learn to swim? (jumping in a creek is not swimmming!)

I just hope as a community we can keep this opportunity for our kids around.

Anonymous said...

I agree...lower prices and charging everyone would make sense. The kids in this town already do without so many things living in a rural area. How can anyone take away their ability to learn to swim in a controlled enviroment. Keeping the pool open is a must!!

Anonymous said...

Please don't close the town pool. I can remember as a child and young teen how much I enjoyed going there with my friends. Please consider Not closing the pool.. Think long and hard about what you may infact be doing to this community if you close the pool. Folks aren't going to want to come to our town and live if there is nothing here for their children..