Some of my favorite memories of growing up in Cannon Falls are of long summer days spent at the Community Pool where I learned to swim and eventually became a lifeguard. I understand that the pool may close if funds aren't allocated for the new pool project. Please don't let that happen.
The pool has always been an important part of the community and has provided for the physical, social and developmental needs of generations of Cannon Falls children.
It gives kids something to do in the summer.
It's a safe place for kids to see their friends and get some exercise.
It's a place where children can learn to swim, a lifetime skill that keeps them safe.
It allows kids to have their first taste of independence while still being supervised.
Yes, you can drive kids to pools in surrounding communities, but aside from unnecessarily putting more greenhouse gases into the air, that plan would rob many kids of the independence and confidence they get from walking or biking to a pool in their own community. This is something I treasured while growing up in Cannon Falls, and something my own city-raised kid didn't get to experience.
Finally, as a former lifeguard who rescued struggling swimmers from the pool on more than one occasion, I worry that without the pool, more kids will be tempted to swim in the river, where they'd be at a higher risk of drowning.
Cannon Falls is a caring community that builds strong kids and responsible young people. Since 1933, a community swimming pool has been an important ingredient in the town's recipe for success. Please consider the facts, think about how much the pool meant to you as a young person and, if at all possible, vote for a new pool on March 3.
Joan (Rehbein) Nyberg
St. Paul, MN
P.S. St. Paul recently rebuilt three of its pools. Attendance is up and maintenance costs are down.