Letters to the Editor

A great pool could be better

Yes, the popular Oak Harbor pool and fitness center is well used, needed and enjoyed by many people.

With the Navy pool closed, personnel must now use the North Whidbey Parks and Recreation facility. The recent letter by C. Chapin is indeed correct.

But, as a former lifeguard and swim instructor, I have never been happier with this pool than with the fanciest, elegant pools I’ve used in many areas. Since 1984, I have witnessed constant efforts to improve conditions that were important.

This pool is extremely well-run and for many people with often unusual needs. Great, unusually clean water with a sauna and a warm whirlpool make it special.

Another special feature are the large windows that give you the feeling you are outside. Non-swimmers and handicapped people are well taken care of and most welcome.

I call it the “freedom” escape. (I have had six serious knee surgeries.)

All the proposed improvements will make this facility even better.

Rita Winkel


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