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Forget waves " try kayaking

Dear Editor:

I hope City Council is not seriously considering spending a single dime, let alone $1 million on a wave machine for the ARC pool (“ARC outdoor pool plans drowning in details,” Feb. 13).

Based on my experience with teenagers, a wave machine is unlikely to attract teenagers to the pool. My teenage children have been in the ARC pool maybe three times, all in the first few months of opening. There is no need to bring a piece of the ocean to Colorado. If kids want to do “extreme” water sports, direct them to our rivers for a bit of kayaking, rafting, tubing or river surfing. If the city wishes to spend money on water sports it should create a river swimming hole, support a kayaking/rafting/river program or put money into a kayak course.

I rather would have my kids out in nature than hanging around a chlorinated pool that could be anywhere in America. Let’s direct our energy and resources to enhancing our mountain environment and opportunities rather than trying to bring an ocean experience to the mountains.

Mike Maple

Aspen


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