I am devastated to hear that there is a possibility that the Milton High School pool might be closing. With the referendum failing twice, there is minimal money for the school to use for all the facility issues.
For our family, the pool has been a huge connection to the community. We just moved to Milton three years ago. My husband and I began swimming at the pool and met others with similar interests in the community. Our daughter joined the Milton Marlin Rec Swim team shortly after starting at her new school and quickly made great friends. Our son took swim lessons, which if weren’t offered in Milton, he would not have had that opportunity. He then decided joined the Milton Rec Swim Team. He is pretty quiet (initially), but he has made many friends and has become an even stronger swimmer.
The pool is invaluable to the community. It hosts birthday parties, open-swim on days the children have off school, swim lessons, third-grade swim, phy ed, high-school swim, lap swim for competitive swimmers and for community members with mobility issues and arthritis. It would be extremely difficult for many community members and families to travel to surrounding communities for these activities. The social, physical and safety benefits that the pool provides is priceless. As a community, we need to rally behind school funding to be directed towards making the pool safe for all of us to enjoy.