LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Large families couldn't afford proposed pool


My husband just told me that he heard on the radio this morning that the admission to the new proposed pool in Walla Walla would be $7.50 for adults and $5 for kids. That is in addition to the increased taxes for all of us who are property owners.

Having many children, I have been rallying right along for Walla Walla to have its own pool. I used to bring my older kids to Memorial Pool frequently. But at those proposed prices, I will still go to a neighboring city pool like Waitsburg for instance, where admission is $1.50 for adults, kids under 5 are free.

Even the Milton Freewater pool, that is fairly pricey, is a lot cheaper than Walla Walla's proposed pool and for a family of four, five or six those prices add up quickly! One trip to the pool for the family living in my home, would be more than $40.

We need a pool that people can actually afford to bring their kids to! They talked about a "scholarship" program on the radio show, but we would never do that and I am sure that there are many others like me that just won't go at those prices, except for maybe once or twice a summer.

Can't we have a good ol' community pool that is reasonably priced that we can frequent on a hot summer day? I don't know if I can, in good conscience, vote for a pool that will raise our property taxes, yet we still would rarely use because of the high cost.

Terri Neal

Walla Walla


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