Building a Better Pool for Ashland
Making a splash, learning new moves, pool parties, relaxing and feeling good. No wonder community pools matter.
Learning to swim is a life skill—and a survival skill. Drowning is the leading cause of death in Oregon for children four and under.
Lap swimming may be the best exercise ever. At the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool, the first swimmers take their lanes at 5:30 a.m., the last at 7:00 p.m.
Water polo is one of the world's toughest sports. Ashland High School's water polo teams compete at the highest level, but they can't host meets: the Daniel Meyer Memorial pool isn't deep enough.
News Flash, April, 16, 2020: Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission places pool project on hold.
Because of the Covid 19 virus, and the need to close many programs in order to reduce the risk of infection, Ashland Parks and Rec has also had to lay off employees and place on hold many projects, including the plan to replace the aging Daniel Meyer Pool. At this time it is not known when the pool project might be able to be re-activated.
Since 1983, Ashland’s Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool has offered a cold splash against the summer heat, swimming lessons, lap and recreational swimming, water polo, gentle swim for seniors and more. Thirty-seven years later, it has aged out and public swimming in Ashland is at a cross roads.
In 2018, a Pool Ad-Hoc Committee was appointed by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission. It has surveyed residents and conducted listening sessions to gain community-wide input on what to do—from making simple repairs to imagining a year-round aquatic facility.
Last September, 2019, the Pool Ad-Hoc Committee submitted their final recommendations to the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commissioners. The five commissioners were unanimous in their support of the committee’s recommendations and funding was approved. The $2.9M project is to be funded by a revenue bond, backed by the food and beverage tax. Now that funding is in jeopardy, so the pool project has been put on hold.
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Building a better pool requires community-wide input and investment. Please join us in this vital campaign!