I have such fond memories of summers in Cary, NC, where I grew up. There were outdoor pool facilities everywhere. We joined one when we moved there in 1988, and practically lived there every summer through High School. It was a great option for my mom, too. She loved to bring us there and lay in the sun while reading or listening to the radio. We were so well occupied with friends and swimming; we were outside enjoying the great weather, as well as safely guarded by the lifeguards. We made some lifelong friends during those summers.
It’s true, Cary is a lot hotter than Boone. (Which is partly why I don’t live there now!) However, I was really excited when my kids took an interest in swimming, and I’d get to take them to the pool in the summers. To be honest, since I’ve been a mom, I’ve been a little disappointed in what the High Country has to offer as far as public swimming facilities.
- The Swim Complex and Wellness Center are nice, especially for the winter, but I want to be outside in the summer!
- We could go to Green Valley, but they are not open that much, and they don’t have a kiddie pool that is safe for my toddler.
- Blowing Rock is quite a drive from Deep Gap, and again, no working kiddie pool. Also, the Blowing Rock Pool is usually very crowded. Too much so for my young, beginning swimmers.
- The sad reality is: if I want to go to an outdoor pool with a picnic area, and a little playground, I have to go to a hotel! And boy, am I thankful that a handful of hotels in Boone allow the public to swim.
The fact that Blowing Rock Pool is going to be redesigned… sometime in the near foreseeable future… doesn’t really fix the problem of overcrowding, and driving distance. And hasn’t Boone grown enough over the last several years to warrant our own outdoor pool?
Now, I am never one to complain without having a solution in mind. So here is my best stab at the solution.
The YMCA in Cary had a pool with a retractable roof. It was closed in the winter, and open in the summer. The Best of Both Worlds! Take a look at this example! This one, too! Of course I have no idea of the cost, but that can be overcome several creative ways! We can accomplish a flexible and year-round solution for swimmers, and those that love to be outdoors, in Boone and the surrounding areas.
Before you say “Nae,” remember the Tot Lot reconstruction project! Some people said we didn’t need it, it was too expensive, the town would never agree to it, etc. But a grass roots initiative got it done. We could put a retractable roof on the existing pool, right next to the Tot Lot, or the Town Could Build another facility on some of the other land they own.
Here are my questions to you:
- Would you support an indoor/outdoor pool in Boone by buying a membership in advance?
- Would you donate money or in-kind contributions to the construction project, whether through your personal finances or your business?
- Do you feel that Boone needs a viable outdoor pool facility?
Please leave a comment here answering any of these questions. (Click Here and scroll down) I have some friends who are very interested in pursuing this possibility, and if we get a lot of comments, we’ll know whether to go forward.
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