LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pool would be a good addition
July 16, 2008 · Updated 8:25 AM
To the editor:
Sounds on Whidbey. In the fall it’s migrating foul heading south followed by the occasional hunting rifle. In the winter a muzzling blanket of fog keeps a lid on things until the frogs launch their chirping mating ritual in February.
That nice day last week I heard a strange sound from my home on Goss Lake. It was one of those loud, emotional, uninhibited screams that is let fly for no apparent reason other than the pure joy of a child jumping into a large body of water.
Before long this emotional release multiplies into a chorus of shrieks accompanied by splashing water, laughter and assorted frivolity. The whole symphony can be adequately summed up in two words: kids swimming. Not just swimming but being themselves and doing what they do best, having fun.
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful addition to our community if we could capture those sounds and play them throughout the year. Better yet, why not build a swimming pool and give vent to those natural tendencies of frolicking kids throughout the year.
We’ve toyed with the idea of a public swimming pool on the South End at least four times in the last 20 years. Yet another generation of concerned parents are beating the drum. This time they’re joined by middle-aged recreational swimmers and older people that like the idea of a pool for everybody that lives in one of the best communities in the states on the South End of an island.