So, disregarding public opinion, the Park Board unanimously voted in a fee for kids to use public pools. This is a total outrage. Ms. Schoedel, will a 5-year-old really feel ownership after paying a fee to swim? Doubtful.
Mr. Santorsola, if the Park Board can come up with the money for aid programs, why can’t that money be used to allow all kids to swim for free instead?
And Bob Apple wants the fee to “limit” the demand, so he wants the fee to be similar to golf “tee times,” kind of first come, first served.
Just because the other “big cities” in Washington charge kids to swim doesn’t mean we have to as well. I wonder if the tax increase we voted for to build the new pools would have passed had this action been known about in advance? Perhaps we need a change of personnel on the board, or perhaps just do away with it altogether.