Letter: Support Grand Forks Park District’s plans for turf and pool facility
The Grand Forks Park District is looking into building such a facility and we need to support this plan in order to build a stronger community for not only our current families, but for future generations of Grand Forks families.
Grand Forks, including its surrounding communities, are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to sports facilities, especially swimming pools. The pools at both high schools have closed, and now Hyslop is predicted to close in the next two years. This would result in the loss of a 28-lane pool and only leave the five lanes at the YMCA and the three lanes at Choice Health and Fitness, neither of which could be used by a swim team due to their depths and configurations (i.e., no starting blocks). Additionally, the impending closure of Hyslop will also have a significant impact on swimming lessons, as many Grand Forks families have trusted Swim North Dakota to teach their children to swim.
Having two kids who have benefited from Swim ND lessons and who now participate in club swimming, we see large swim teams from not only Fargo (who has three) and Bismarck, but also Williston, Minot and Dickinson. Due to our lack of facilities, Grand Forks has a small (but mighty) team compared to other, much smaller cities across the state. In addition to swim team practices and competitions, pools can also be used for physical therapy, swimming lessons and adult lap swimming, all of which would be valuable for the community.
We need to invest in our city and build not only a new pool, but a facility that also has a turf which allows people to practice soccer, lacrosse, football and baseball during the long winter months. The Grand Forks Park District is looking into building such a facility and we need to support this plan in order to build a stronger community for not only our current families, but for future generations of Grand Forks families.