Letters to the Editor Feb. 23, 2012

By Del Norte Triplicate Readers February 23, 2012 03:39 pm

Use of municipal pool is a benefit to young and old swimmers alike

The Fred Endert Municipal Swimming Pool is one of the greatest assets of Crescent City, especially after its recent million-dollar-plus repair.

It’s a beautiful half-Olympic-size pool with a spectacular life-size whale mural, enormous winding water slide, large-capacity spa, and lap-swimming lanes. It lights up Beachfront Park at night when you can go by and view scores of young lap-swimmers, or adults enjoying water aerobics, etc., depending on which night it is.

Personally, I've used the pool for approximately 10 of the 12 years I’ve lived in Crescent City.  During this time, I’ve had two knee replacements, a hip replacement and rotator cup repair. It has been indispensable in my recovery and maintenance of mobility. There are certain exercises I can do only in the water.

During my frequent visits, I have met and talked with many others who depend on the pool for exercise and physical conditioning. They included children as young as 2 and adults as old as 93.

The members of Progressive Economic Concepts bring many of their clients with obvious physical problems, particularly cerebral palsy. It is the main  physical activity they have. Having practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Stockton for  35 years, I’m very aware of the problems of cerebral palsy patients.

Simply put in two words, indoor activity is invaluable in an area with a great deal  of inclement weather. In response to the excellent Feb. 18 Coastal Voices piece written by student Shayla Campbell (“Student’s view on food, PE and exercise”), there is a tragic lack of PE in the schools, increasing prices at the skating rink, and few  places for kids “to go and to have fun and exercise.”

Finally, it is imperative that this pool is kept open for the citizens of Crescent City and the surrounding area.

Bob Sankus

Crescent City