The new Miami Springs pool is being billed as “resort style.” It includes oversized decks, lots of cabanas, and lounge chairs. Preliminary drawings make it look like something that would fit perfectly on South Beach.
But, we’re Miami Springs, not South Beach. We don’t have wealthy vacationers using our pool. We’re not going to be selling piña coladas poolside. We’re not going to be renting cabanas to the kids who use the pool Monday through Friday.
Our community pool, should first and foremost serve the people who use it most — our youth. That means it should support competitive youth swimming. To truly support Miami Springs swimming and swim meets, the pool needs to have eight swimming lanes. The current city proposal only has 4 lanes.
While the pool is short on lanes, there’s no shortage of deck space, cabanas, and a whopping new 5,110- square-foot building to be used for rentals. I suspect the city may even want to use the space for a new weight room for adults.
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I am urging the City Council to reconsider this plan by focusing on the needs of the youth now and for the next 50 years. We cannot make this pool bigger after it’s built. Let’s build it the right way now that that we have this golden opportunity. Let’s build it to support a full 8 lanes of competitive swimming.
Here are recommendations to provide a family friendly pool that can accommodate rentals, reduce costs, and still support competitive swimming:
• Reduce the deck space.
• Eliminate the 5,110-square-foot building.
• Design the pool for eight lanes of competitive swimming.
• Add a covered patio area next to the concessions as a party area for rentals
Let’s build it the right way.
Nestor Suarez, Miami Springs
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