Here are some comments from a pool user emailed to me this week, slightly edited. I asked for and received permission to post these.
Apparently some local people who don’t swim or use any of these pools – including our own – have been posting on social media that our facility can’t live up to the standards of other facilities. That bricks-and-mortar is superior.
Seems the swim community – the people who actually use our facility, the people who actually know the standards and features – disagrees.
I have not visited any of the places mentioned, so I cannot confirm the details. However, I can say everything I’ve heard from many users about Collingwood’s new Centennial Aquatic Centre has been positive. It’s nice to have it confirmed:
Did you know that there is not one YMCA competitive pool in Simcoe Muskoka? Competitive swimming is simply not within the Y’s mandate.
Even the new pool in Innisfil touted… as the “Dream” Rec Centre on Twitter is not competition ready. No viewing, not wide enough and no blocks.
The Owen Sound Pool is another … bricks/mortar project failure.
The pool is competition ready, but lacks deck space for teams. They failed to plan for viewing. The upper viewing consists of 16 permanent chairs adjacent to the running track. During meets, one must watch standing on the track in the exercise room above. There is no viewing on the lower level lobby area, because the viewing area overlooks the therapeutic pool. No permanent seating. They bring in chairs for meets and no one can see anything.
They built it once, but certainly not right.
The competitive swim community is thrilled with our new pool facility. Visiting teams have been very impressed as well.
Imagine building a hockey rink, soccer field, or ball diamond too short, without boards, or a net?
It took 28 years to realize the dream and finally have an amazing competitive pool.
Thanks to your Council for making that happen.
Seems only those who don’t use, and have likely never even been inside the facility, are negative and critical. And with approx. 1,000 people a week using it, I think the community response to our pool has been overwhelmingly positive.
Trust the people who know what they’re talking about, and use our pool, not those who judge everything from its outside appearance or by their own negative ideology.