Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Pool partnership with YMCA is good decision
By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 15, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.
If everything goes according to plan, Victoria could be out of the pool business by 2015.
The Victoria City Council voted to approve spending $1.56 million on a partnership with the Victoria YMCA to create a new community pool that will be managed by the YMCA. The new pool will replace the current Gary T. Moses municipal pool, which city officials hope will last for two more seasons until the new facility is completed. The city's pool is suffering from several different problems, including filtration system issues and cracks along the pool's joints that allow 3 to 5 inches of water leakage every day.
The current pool is only open for a few months during the summer. The pool built by the YMCA will be open year-round with heated lap lanes at one end. There will also be a beach-style entry on one end with a covering, a spray ground and four slides. It offers areas that appeal to all ages, and officials hope it will be a positive addition to the city.
This is an exciting development for Victoria, and we look forward to seeing this new pool join Victoria's growing list of positive attractions. A pool is an important recreational resource for any community, especially in South Texas. Summer temperatures usually show up long before the season officially begins and last well into autumn. With that in mind, a public pool that will be open throughout the year is a welcome addition to our community. While the new pool will charge $3 per person per day - double what the city currently charges - the YMCA offers memberships on a sliding scale based on income, which may help ease the financial burden some families may feel.
We applaud the City Council for approving this action. While we are slightly disappointed that the city decided against building a water park complex that could serve as a larger attraction for visitors from around the Crossroads, we are glad to see that action is being taken to supply a quality, affordable option for everyone in the community. We look forward to seeing and using the new pool when it is completed.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.