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Editorial: Public pool is not a threat to water supply

The Sonoma Valley is the only area in Sonoma County without a single public swimming pool, a deficiency that has weighed on the hearts, minds and purse strings of Valley residents since the high school pool was plowed under nearly a decade ago.

For many, learning to swim is not a luxury, a convenience or a privileged pastime – it is a fundamental human necessity, almost a birthright. The vast majority of us live in proximity to water and the ability to swim is a life-saving skill.

Now, a persistent group of community leaders have led us to the threshold of a new community pool, at the site of the old Paul’s Resort, strategically located in the heart of the Valley, just across Verano Avenue from the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley.

It’s a perfect spot, a perfect size, a perfect opportunity.

Escrow is set to close on the property purchase at the end of this month, and there is a push to raise the final $500,000 needed. It’s one of the worthiest investments we can think of in the future of our unique community. It will enhance our health and fitness, add immeasurably to the recreational resources available for young and old and fill a void in our collective lives that has existed for far too long.


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