The weather is heating up and summer is on it's way. Many kids are already starting to day dream about long days at the pool, doing back flips and cannon balls. Sadly, the students and families in South and West Berkeley have to do a little extra dreaming because their local pool is filled with dirt!
The only community pool in South Berkeley, at Willard Middle School, was getting old and in need of too many repairs. After Measure C BARELY failed to get 2/3 majority in 2010, which was designed to generate funds to renovate Willard pool, (as well as for improvements to King pool in North Berkeley and to reopen the warm pool for elderly, handicapped and infants), they filled it with dirt!
Unless this issue gets back on the ballot, a valuable community treasure will be gone forever. Tuesday, May 1st the Berkeley City Council will be moving forward with their plans for the November ballot, and those plans don't include bringing back the Willard community pool.
This is an EQUITY issue! North Berkeley has a pool and South Berkeley families deserve a pool in THEIR community. Help save the only community pool in South Berkeley, Willard pool!
Dear City of Berkeley City Council,
Keep the community pool at Willard Middle School OPEN!
This is an EQUITY issue! North Berkeley has a pool and South Berkeley families deserve a pool in THEIR community. The community pool at Willard is a valuable resource, offering holistic health for all ages. It serves as a gathering place for families, students, and community members. Willard pool provides swimming lessons, water safety education, and healthy place for kids to spend hot summer days.
Please vote to put this measure on the ballot in November. Everyone deserves access to recreational facilities that will improve their health, and promote active living.