To the Editor: A letter to Corsicana Mayor Chuck McClanahan:
I was saddened to read the story in the paper stating the city was planning to close the public swimming pools so that a for-profit water park located on the edge of town across an Interstate highway could make a little more money. These pools have long provided a valuable service at minimal cost for children who aren’t lucky enough to have a swimming pool in their backyard or to be members of the Country Club. The idea that these children can hop in the car, drive almost out of town, and access this private water park just as easily as they can go to their neighborhood pool is ludicrous.
This is a step in the wrong direction for the city. The city should be encouraging people to take advantage of their neighborhood parks and pools in order to build community and get to know their neighbors, not forcing them to get into the car and drive across town. At the end of the day, the children who need the park pools, the ones who can’t afford to go to the shiny new water park or who don’t have ready access to a car, will be the ones who suffer. They just won’t have anywhere to go swimming on a 110 degree summer day.
The closing of the park pools gives the impression that the city doesn’t really care about these children — that the city is more concerned with making money than with taking care of its less fortunate citizens. I don’t believe that’s true, and if it is, our citizens deserve better. Those pools have done a lot of good for regular Corsicanans over the years, and I predict they will continue to do so long after the for-profit water park has closed its gates.
Therefore, I strongly urge the city to reconsider its decision.
Neal Green Jr.
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