While recently visiting my home town of Walla Walla I was deeply saddened to hear the Memorial swimming pool is no longer available or in operation.
Growing up in this lovely community in the 1960s, it was an incredible outlet for young kids to take in physical exercise.
Having a community outdoor pool in Walla Walla is vital.
Prior to my birth, my mother was a lifeguard at the Nat (short for the Natatorium). We also had Graybill’s Pool at Kendall and Reser roads, which was located across from my grandparents’ home on Reser Road.
It seems the community has placed more value in the wine business than that of our future generation. Although wine is a great commodity for such a community built on farming and agriculture, I would hope there would be more focus on future generations and ability to share and participate in swimming.
Physical exercise is necessary.
The next time the city gets another fast-food restaurant, I hope people take a look at what is really necessary. Providing kids and families with an affordable outdoor public pool.
I spent my childhood summers at Memorial. I hope the people of Walla Walla and the community can bring back the Memorial pool.
With deep gratitude for having spent the first 12 years of my life in one of the most wholesome cities east of the Cascades, I look back at Main Street from my youth and see the cityscape as taken on a new look. Although I believe in growth necessary for the economic change in respect to farming, I also believe it’s imperative you look at what is available for your future generations.
Keep our kids involved, active and safe. Bring back the public pool(s).
Lezlie Meyers Paul