New pool serves a pressing need |

New pool serves a pressing need

Finally.After years working toward a municipal pool, Glenwood Springs residents finally got to dive in last week. Glenwood Springs already has one of the most famous pools in the country, but the Hot Springs Pool isn’t ideal for every person or every event.Take, for instance, the youth and high school swim teams. The Sopris Barracudas have their home swim meets in Carbondale. The Glenwood Springs High School boys and girls swim teams never get the luxury of a home meet – or an indoor training facility during the winter months.Through the hard work of the Let’s All Pledge campaign and the Glenwood Springs community as a whole, the swim teams now have both home meets and a warmer place to train. Of course, it’s not just competitive swimmers, but anyone who would rather work out with uniform lane lengths and cooler water temperatures. The Community Center pool will never replace the Hot Spring pool, nor is it intended to. The Community Center offers something different. The people at the Hot Springs Pool understand this and contributed $5,000 to the Community Center pool project.People in Glenwood Springs now have options when it comes to getting wet. Kae McDonald, the parent of Demons swimmer Emily McDonald, may have said it best: “They both offer different sorts of amenities. We want to support them both.”Past and future support is the key to the success of the new pool. LAP has done a tremendous job so far and isn’t slowing down. LAP continues to raise money needed to pay off the city’s debt to build the pool, so it’s not too late to splash some cash into the pool’s pot.

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