To the editor:
OK, here's a touchy subject, the historic Marland Heights Pool.
Let's start with the positives: Built and dedicated in 1934, along with picnic shelters, a cement deck for shuffleboard, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, two horseshoe and bocce courts; and a small playground that consisted of a swing set, and two seesaws. Later upgrades consisted of a newer playground and a picnic shelter that replaced the shuffleboard area. A mini-golf course was added in the mid 1990s, but that has since been discontinued. Many groups have attended with their family members. In 1934, the first Festival of Nations was held there, with approximately 10,000 visitors. Also, companies within the Tri-State Area held their annual picnics there.
Now, let's go with the bad: The pool, and park, have fallen into neglect, disrepair. The air that used to filled with conversation, children's screams and laughter is now filled with just a few birds singing in the trees nearby. Occasionally, you have golfers playing at Williams Country Club. Besides that, nothing presently is happening. To upgrade would cost millions. To save part of the facade would probably be half of that cost. There is talk that the city wants to build a skate park. It would cost too much to save a sleeping giant. We don't need another headache. Who would utilize whatever it turns out to be?
This is an emotional debate. One side states that the park and pool have seen their better days. It would cost too much to maintain. The other side says expand the pool, and its facilities to meet the current standards.
After giving this some serious thought, Plan B seems to be my choice. Look folks, this is a park that you will enjoy, if it is rebuilt. We deserve something new in this town for recreational purposes. Let's not throw this by the wayside. Your memories will rekindle, along with some old and new friendships. We let Cove School die. Let's not bury another memory.
Kevin M. Neverly