Letters to the Editor

Save lives and save Mary Wayte Pool

I am deeply saddened by the news of six teens in Louisiana who died trying to rescue another teen from drowning. None of them knew how to swim! Our local news often reports needless drownings in our beautiful lakes and rivers.

All our children need to learn how to swim as soon as possible to protect themselves and others trying to rescue them. Not everyone can afford membership in our private clubs with pools. I know many Islanders who are elderly or recovering from injuries or illness who benefit from pool exercise, not to mention the many children taking swimming lessons at Mary Wayte. The pool is open to all ages and operated by the Northwest Center since 2003. The school district owns the land and will be deciding what to do with the Mary Wayte Pool. Please let the superintendent of the school district, School Board members and City Council members know of your commitment to keeping this valuable lifesaving asset available to all of us. Write letters and speak at Council meetings — it may save your life or someone you love.

Susan Carol Price

Editor’s Note: The Mercer Island City Council has included $100,000 in the upcoming budget for the pool.

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