October 14, 2023


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The question is not whether or not community pools for exercise and recreation are a good idea. One question is: Where will it be located? Locating it in the traffic-clogged City of Half Moon Bay puts it in a place that is inconvenient, inefficient, and unfairly expensive to access for the unincorporated Midcoast, so the Midcoast population, which is equal in size to the population of Half Moon Bay, gets screwed. Another question: Where will the water come from? All the domestic water sources for the City and the unincorporated Midcoast are already maxed out on any common-sense water management scheme based on expected least-available quantities of the sort already experienced in drought years. This goes for both the CCWD and the MWSD. Yet another: Who will pay for it--its construction and ongoing operation? Hopefully not the unincorporated Midcoast that will not be served by a community pool in HMB. And so on and on to such things as: Why is the pool at the CUSD high school not being used as a community pool for HMB? What lessons can be learned from the existing small community pool at Pillar Ridge? Etc.

Good ideas for places that are not overpopulated, resource-short, and frequently mismanaged by local government are fraught with real-world difficulties in places like ours.

I think a community/high school pool would be a good thing for the under-served Coast.

Jean Brink Pool (formerly Oceana) in Pacifica has successfully operated a community/high school hybrid for decades, but it’s getting long in the tooth.

And swimming as the perfect fitness activity is getting more popular. I’m amazed swimmers from Daly City and San Francisco as well as Coastside people utilize Oceana. They say it’s a nice pool and very well managed by Anthony, the pool manager. So the pool can get crowded with 3 or 4 swimmers in a lane.

I didn’t see the lengths proposed in the above Press Release, but I think one 50x25-meter outside pool like the Burlingame Pool would be ideal. And a smaller 25-yard pool heated to 89 degrees for the increasingly aging cohort on the Coast battling arthritis and other old age ills would be a great health benefit.

To be filled with rain water? Free public transportation past all the traffic jams to pool for Midcoast residents? Or just another HMB scam using Midcoast population to help justify an HMB facility?

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