As a retired school administrator and longtime resident of the Tri-Cities, I recognize the need for an aquatic center in the Tri-Cities. My perspective comes from three reference points: school athletics, as a senior citizen and as it relates to the economy of the Tri-Cities.
First, not all Tri-City schools have facilities that allow them to have a swim and dive team. The aquatic center would provide a facility that would allow all Tri-City and small outlying schools a place to practice and, especially, a place to hold swim meets.
Second, senior citizens would have a large-scale facility where they could exercise and receive water therapy offered by amenities like the lazy river and the wave pool all year around.
And lastly, the aquatic center would bring a boost to the Tri-City economy, attracting visitors -- young and old -- to the Tri-Cities and keeping money in the Tri-Cities instead of water parks in communities such as Moses Lake or Pendelton.
Please join me in showing your support by voting "yes" for the aquatic center.
STAN HAGES, Richland