Additions to city pool could attract more visitors
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 26, 2012 at 6:26 a.m.
Victoria has seen a significant amount of growth in the past few years. The city's population has grown, a new Caterpillar plant is open and operating and a new Wal-Mart is going up on the south side of town.
But some of the older amenities in the city are showing signs of age and deterioration. Most recently, the city has decided to look at the Gary T. Moses Municipal Pool, which was built in 1978. The pool has cracks that leak one to two inches of water every day. We know the pool is an important part of Victoria's quality of life services for the public, and would like to see it repaired.
On Dec. 18, the City Council voted in favor of a study to evaluate the current pool facilities and make a recommendation on how to move forward, as well as look at the community's future aquatic facilities needs. We think this is a step in the right direction in determining what to do about the pool repairs.
While the study may take a while to examine all the options available for the city's pool and aquatic facilities, we have a few ideas to suggest. Why not take this opportunity to do some improvements while work is being done on the pool. If done correctly, this could be similar to the work done downtown to improve the sidewalks, which was done at the same time as work to replace outdated underground pipes. By repairing and upgrading the sidewalks when the streets would be torn up anyway, the city saves time and money. We think the pool repairs could present another such opportunity to Victoria's taxpayers.
We suggest the city look into ways to make the pool an attraction for residents outside Victoria. A city pool is a good, standard feature, but if the facility was expanded to include some small additions, such as a lazy river or a small wave pool, it would appeal to many more people. We realize it would be impractical to add water slides or major waterpark features, but we believe putting in some smaller additions could increase the fun and interest factor for Victorians and residents of surrounding communities.
Of course, this would most likely require a bond election to bring about, but the admission fees could help pay it off. If the city can find a feasible way to make these improvements, we think it would be a positive investment in Victoria's quality of life as well as the city's economy. So we urge the city to consider these options when it is time to repair the pool. If we are willing to invest in and improve the city's basic amenities, we can turn them into enjoyable attractions for everyone.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.