Just add water
With the weather getting warmer and Memorial Day weekend, comes the start of the most anticipated leisure time activity of the summer: swimming. Currently, Richland has one public pool, which is the George Prout Pool located next to my high school. Most neighborhoods in south Richland have not been graced with a community pool. This is a serious predicament because by noon, the George Prout Pool is filled to capacity, and children are being turned away, yet they have no other alternative pool options. Another problem that arises is the affordability; most families cannot afford to take a day trip to the less-crowded Hermiston Water Park in Oregon or become a member of the Meadow Springs Golf Club, or buy a community pass to a pool 20 minutes from their house. Yet, as we lose business to Oregon, more houses are being built and no plans are introduced to help give kids a place to cool off; no public or community pools are being introduced to where these new houses are. Children need places to gather in a positive environment and release pent-up energy. Lack of public pools is a problem that must be solved.