To the Editor:

In a May 9 article in the Times Citizen (“IVCCD Board considers major facilities upgrades”), it was reported that the IVCCD board is considering closing the pool at the Dale Howard Center. I am hoping that this plan will be reconsidered. The pool is not only a draw for prospective students, but it is an important asset to the community.

It was mentioned that the pool does not see much use – but that is not the case. It is open limited hours but sees regular use. At 6 a.m. a number of lap swimmers utilize it, at 8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday a water aerobics class is well-attended, at noon it is again open for lap swimming and the evening hours have students and community members enjoying it. The pool is used by people from all over the county not only for recreation, but also as a benefit to numerous people who use it therapeutically for low impact exercise and rehab.

At a time when health and fitness should be encouraged, the pool is a community asset as well as a college benefit. And once it is gone – it is something we cannot get back. Support maintaining the pool by contacting ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer (martin.reimer@iavalley.edu) or the IVCCD Board of Director President and District 1 Director Larry Johnson.

Elaine Nehring

Iowa Falls

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