Increase bond money for Austin TX aquatics
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Austin's public pools face an historic crisis and without significant additional funding, some pools will close permanently. We urge Austinites to sign this petition and ask the Austin City Council to allocate sufficient funding to sustain our pools.
Many of Austin's 51 public pools need serious repairs or replacement. The $15 million currently on the ballot for 2018 is vastly insufficient to meet this need, considering the aquatics master plan estimates between $150 and $200 million is required to address the problem.
Austin Parks and Recreation Department estimates that about $100 million would be required to renovate remaining pools, assuming 10 existing pools close permanently. They also estimate a cost of $44 million for new pools for under-served areas. By guaranteeing these pools have the funding needed, we can preserve pools that act as gathering places in our neighborhoods, at a time the city is growing rapidly. We can hopefully provide new pools for areas that are under-served at present. Having pools central to neighborhoods provides opportunity for affordable recreation that is within walking or biking distance of many homes, and allows neighborhoods to host summer swim teams.
Nobody wants their neighborhood pool closed; in fact, under-served areas of Austin (such as Colony Park) have no public pools at all. Public pools serve everyone--all races, all ages, all socioeconomic classes--providing a place to learn to swim, to exercise, and to meet your neighbors, as well as offer safety training and jobs to the youth of our city. Public pools are great for the community and everyone in it.
Please help us ensure that our pools have the funding they need to remain viable by signing this petition. This petition is sponsored by Love Austin Pools (LAP), a grass-roots citizen's group which seeks to protect, preserve and treasure our community, municipal, and free neighborhood pools.
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