Memorial Park pool appears to have a future in the city
It appears the City of Williamsport is ready to salvage the Memorial Park pool.
Mayor Gabriel J. Campana is requesting $250,000 from City Council to pay for repairs to reopen the pool by 2015.
The decision means the East End Pool will be closed after the 2014 season.
This decision – which seems to have the back of City Council President Bill Hall – appears to come down to money. It will cost an estimated $750,000 to repair the Memorial Park pool.
It would have cost $800,000 to $1 million to get the East End Pool up to speed.
There is quite a gap between what Campana is asking for from City Council and what the repairs and maintenance will cost.
Councilman Hall correctly pointed out the importance of other financial support necessary for the pool. He called for neighborhood and business support in the form of fundraisers to bring in added pool money.
We have said it many times and will continue to harp on it: The state of city government finances doesn’t allow for fully-funded municipal pools. That may be a shame, but it’s the truth.
The only way municipal pools can remain operational for the long-term future is through some form of community support. The people who believe municipal pools are a viable recreation and socialization tool for the city need to step up if they want to see the Memorial Park pool open for the long-term future.