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Aquatic center won’t be wonderful

March 17, 2014 

Some people are planning to vote for the $67 million Clover School bond referendum on March 22 because it includes an aquatic center for Lake Wylie. Many are envisioning the wonderfulness of having a Lake Wylie indoor pool to enjoy regularly at little or no cost.

But just how many hours will be available for the general public to use? It IS a school facility and school programs should get top priority at the YMCA run aquatic center. The aquatic center:

• will be used to teach all district third-graders how to swim – roughly 650 students – throughout the school year

• will be used for after school programs for elementary school students. There are 3,254 elementary school students who have the opportunity to participate from 2 to 7 p.m. every afternoon during the school year and most probably during the summer months.

• will be used for the 50 to 60 member Clover swim team.They officially start practice Aug. 1 and run through Oct. 15

• YMCA staff will have to set aside time to clean the pool and maintain the facilities.

• will be a districtwide facility. There are approximately 36,500 people living in the district. All will have equal opportunity to use the facilities.

When all the school hours are added up, there’s not a lot of time left for “the community.” When you consider the expense and downtime required to maintain pools, combined with the limited amount of pool time available, who is going to want to pay to join? We will be asking ourselves “Where’s the wonderfulness?”

Connie Counts is a Lake Wylie resident.

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