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A true pool needed

Dear Editor:The city’s pool consultant from Counsilman/Hunsaker, America’s leading pool consulting company, was hired with taxpayer dollars to design outside swimming pools at the Aspen Recreation Center.No matter how hard the consultants try to fit what the community said it wanted in new outside swimming pools, it cannot be done. There just in not enough space in that itty-bitty grassy area outside the ARC to put in outside pools and maintain the staging area for the swim teams.If you don’t believe me, please come out to the open house at the recreation center on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. to look at the proposed pool plans, which include a fitness/workout room on top of youth center with spectacular views of Maroon Bells. The pool consultant and local building architect, Tim Hagman, will be present.The city has advertised they want to know what you think of the whole thing. I think it’s time to plan where the most popular design chosen so far by the community – the “Huckleberry Finn” pool, which includes cliff jumping, zip lines, waterfalls and a lagoon – should be put.I think the teenage portion of the swimming pool design should be built where most teenagers already go in the summers. The obvious place for a teenage pool to be used in the summers would be next door to the skateboard park in Rio Grande Park.The pool consultants will, then, be able to design a decent outside swimming pool with lap lanes and be able to maintain a staging area for the swim team. Otherwise, the closest flat surface for the swim team’s staging area would be in the parking lot.If you don’t believe me, come to Wednesday’s open house at the ARC from 3 to 7 p.m. Check it out for your self. A letter of support sign-up sheet for a “Huckleberry Finn” pool at Rio Grande Park will be available. Please add your name.Toni KronbergAspen