Positive pool experiences

Re: 'Pool restrictions make waves', Alaska Highway News, Aug. 6, 2020

I would like to relate my very positive experiences at the Hudson's Hope pool over the summer. The pool and area are very well maintained by friendly and knowledgeable staff who have trained hard for their positions of trust, watching over you and your loved ones. I was able to swim almost every day, at least once, if not twice, usually alone but occasionally along with grandchildren in tow. Only once was I turned away due to too many people in the pool and that was later in the day on a very hot afternoon.

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My usual experience was to be the only one there upon arrival and would soon be joined by several others. Often the same three or four families or individuals. Mostly all locals of various ages. Sometimes there were others from the region or passing through and I welcomed them. The times of day changed due to my circumstances or pool schedule changes so I am certainly not relating to purely an aquafit or lane swim time slot.

Yes, I am semi-retired, so able to choose my times accordingly but if you will check the pool schedule on their website, you will see many opportunities to swim. I feel that our community got bad press regarding the petition for a locals-only time slot. The media made no attempt to interview pool users who were happy with the schedule and did not sign the petition.

Many of our residents take advantage of facilities in our neighbouring communities, such as the Lions van taking the Seniors swimming in Chetwynd during the winter. And many families have their children or themselves playing hockey, figure skating or curling in other towns as they age and desire more competition.

We are the Peace Region and need to share our facilities with each other. Hudson's Hope is the Playground of the Peace and I welcome our neighbours and visitors to share our beautiful little town and area. Please come again!

— Nedra Forrester, Hudson's Hope

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