|Looking north, from the covered area south of the pool.|
I can also tell you that the pool remained around 80 degrees all during the winter season. The heaters were able to keep up and blankets were placed over the pool by the lifeguards at the end of the day. That is quite a process and you can still see the blankets rolled up on the western side of the pool/locker building. I found out just this week that the kiddie pool north of the main pool is idle and without water in it for a reason. The reason is it heats up first and takes potential heat away from the large pool. It ends up being almost like a hot tub if it is filled with water and heated. The lifeguards mentioned that they may fill it during the summer. I only remember it being filled last about two years ago. I can tell you that the pool temperature was very warm yesterday. This is the time of year that they don't need to use the blankets.
–Closed" since the open, empty pool is a hazard. The lifeguards are quick to use their whistle if anyone goes beyond the bench on that side of the pool. They also strictly enforce the "No Running" rule with a few toots of their whistle. And don't mess with the floating lane lines—that will get you whistled at quickly.
|One of the "romantic" scenes that adorn the west wall of the otherwise very plain pool/locker building.|
These murals were finished just a year before the pool was closed by the Susan Stanton administration, in part to make the City's case that Greater Bay and Peter Willard didn't perform under their contract to redevelop the Casino building complex. The condition of the pool was portrayed as unusable and fingers were pointed in the direction of Greater Bay. By now, we all know that the city had to pay Greater Bay $1.6 million to settle the lawsuit and spent $900,000 defending the city's breach of contract. By using the search feature of this blog (upper right-corner), you can read up on the Casino project and Greater Bay's plan for the complex.
The pool was closed all during the demolition of the older casino building and the construction of the new one. Water remained in the pool during that entire time and some imagined that served to tease people who regularly used the pool in the past. Many still comment about that period and see it as the City's first attempt to send a message its ultimate intent was to close the pool. Remember, that was during the previous administration and a different City Commission.
|Plaque showing the members of the city commission and administration at the time of the pool's original construction.|
Some complain that the city can do more to promote the pool. The case can be made for that; however the reality is it comes down to resources that the City just doesn't have right now. We should all look forward, and not FEAR, the opportunity that the Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) provides in how better to utilize this property and the pool to the benefit of the user and the Lake Worth taxpayer. I am approaching this with an open mind and I think we all should do the same. Do not get caught up in the hysteria ginned up during the lead up to the election or the flames repeatedly fanned by a weekly tabloid which magically appeared just after the new year, prior to our last election. You know, the one with little or no advertising that's "ALWAYS FREE" and litters most of our public places and businesses.
Oh, I thought you might like to see the certificate I received from the City back in 1997 when the Leisure Services was dissolved. It was later replaced by the Recreation Board.