2007-08-17 / Editorial/Opinion

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A Pool Is Coming, Leaving Some Locals Unhappy

The good news is that Rockaway is finally getting the swimming pool that it has coveted since then Representative Chuck Schumer said that we would get one at Riis Park nearly 15 years ago. The bad news, or at least what a number of Rockaway residents believe to be the bad news, is that the pool will not be everything that those residents believe that they were promised. As part of its mandate to build infrastructure such as a Y, a school and stores, Arverne By The Sea promised to build a swimming pool at the Y on Beach 73 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. From the beginning, those plans were for a four-lane, 25-yard lap pool. Along the way, ABTS officials agreed to build the pool to the depth of nine feet rather than six to allow lifeguard training regimens at the pool. They also added an aquatic center pool that would allow children and seniors to get wet without hindering those swimming laps in the larger pool and would allow for a water slide as well. Most locals looked at the plans and beamed. However, its critics say that they were promised an eight-lane, 50-yard pool and now demand that those promises be kept. "I believe that anybody involved with competitive swimming would agree that eight lanes would be a minimum to meet our needs," said Kevin Callaghan in a letter to The Wave. The demand is that the pool plans be expanded to allow for the larger pool, although it is unclear who would pay. We would like to see additional amenities such as an indoor basketball court, a larger gym and two more pool lanes. It is cheaper to build those things now than it would be to add them on at a later date. We hope that the YMCAand ABTS will give consideration to the community's requests and that our representatives will step up to the plate with funds to make this a state-of-the-art community center that will serve all of Rockaway;s residents. We want to see the facility built as soon as possible. We don't want to see the process held up indefinitely because of the controversy.

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Battery Park City has managed a very successful partnership between developer and parks dept. something can be worked out. It seems critical that the pool be large enough for competitive swimming so that youngsters have a chance to see great swimming and dream of competing in water sports. Olympic Swimmers and competitive surfers grow up near water...shouldn't we encourage Rockaway's youth to dream big?
David S. Beach 96 Street


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