We must be careful on deciding about pool

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As a resident of Byram I am aware that many of my neighbors chafe at the seeming neglect of our end of town.

For example, the Byram pool was never meant to serve as a public facility. It is woefully inadequate and, perhaps more importantly, it is impossible to maintain and an ecological nightmare.

Discussion on improving and/or replacing the pool has gone on for considerable time, including a seemingly serious proposal by the Junior League of Greenwich that the rebuilding be a public/private undertaking. Timing is everything in life, and as far as Byram is concerned, our timing is dreadful. All of this conversation took place before Hurricane Sandy caused major changes to be made in where and how building may be done in shore areas.

Last year’s appropriation of funds for a “study” are about to be added to — considerably. We all know our town’s propensity for studying issues forever as costs and regulations mount and then building a high school without adequate lockers for a Connecticut winter. I would suggest that before any more funds are allocated, a thorough investigation be done on where the pool should be located.

Has no one considered alternate sites? For example, the area near the Dorothy Hamill rink, which already has a large parking lot, or the Babcock property or the Pinetum.

Should Byram Park be deemed the only feasible location, I hope the study will address how much open space will be sacrificed to concrete, how dangerous street parking would be on roads already overwhelmed with large trucks, what the new requirements for building on waterfront land (for example, not being allowed to use the current footprint, or raising the pool a number of feet above the current level of the park) and what the costs of additional staffing will add to the town budget.

At a time when costs are escalating in so many areas, a little forethought might be wise.

 

Judy Crystal
Greenwich

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