Save the Puyallup Pool!

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The Puyallup School District Board and the Bond Advisory Committee have decided to tear down the Puyallup High School Pool. Aquatics programs at all three high schools will be affected by this. The aquatics community was completely caught off guard by this. Parents, students, and coaches were NOT included or consulted in this decision. Several parents have been speaking out in the board meetings, but the message we continue to hear is that this is happening regardless of public and voter opinion.

There is talk of building an additional pool at Rogers and going to a regional model for aquatics. There was also talk of building a pool at Emerald Ridge 20 years ago that never came to fruition. We are nowhere guaranteed the extra pool. It is not realistic or practical for 6 teams to share one pool. While it is possible for them to share one facility with two pools, there are some accessibility issues to consider. The Rogers area is very crowded and dense with traffic already. 100 more cars would be added. In addition, our district footprint is large. Edgewood students can expect a daily 45-minute commute to get to Rogers.

Closing the pool also affects the community. The YMCA can be cost prohibitive for families as well as our disabled and senior citizens. The pool currently offers low cost swim lessons, water aerobics, open swim sessions, and pool rentals. Rogers also offers these programs, but they would have to be dramatically decreased to accommodate athletes. Lastly, there are several student employees that work at the pool. Those employees would lose their jobs and valuable work experience.

Swimming and water polo are one of the few no-cut sports in the district. Students who might otherwise have no other extracurricular activities are given a chance to be part of a team and direct their energies into something positive.

The fact is, the PHS pool would not even need to be demolished to achieve the goal of enclosing the buildings to enhance security and increasing capacity at PHS. The footprint isn’t changing and could easily be connected to the rest of the school. While we understand there are costs to running a pool, the community has been willing to support it with their tax dollars for the last 57 years.