Jennifer Jones writes:
Since the pool was mentioned, I am happy to report that I was on the agenda of last weeks' City Council meeting. My purpose was to present the Proposal for the grant from Carl-Small Town Center, in seeking support of the Council. I was successful and that is one large step toward a better future for the pool and Greenvillians, especially the kids.The students came from MSU/CSTC last weekend and assessed the pool, Buster Brown Community Center and our City parks. All of this information is key to their designs and plans for the Pool Complex to come. Cari Varner of the MSU/CSTC staff sent this note out below to be soon published in the DDT, read it and if you so please, feel free to contact her with your input to the pool plans.
As I am sure you are aware, the School of Architecture and the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University are working with the City of Greenville to develop plans for the revitalization of the Bobby Henry Memorial Pool and the Buster Brown Community Center.Our students are so excited about the project, and they came up with the great idea of having the public be able to contact the CSTC to offer their opinions and ideas about the project, so as best serve the citizens of Greenville in our efforts.
This is an open call to all citizens of Greenville to call me directly at 662-325-8671 or to email me at: email@example.com(no spam please) to share their thoughts about what amenities or activities they would like to see occur on the site and their aesthetic sensibilities pertaining to the architecture of the proposed buildings. We want as much public input as possible, from children to senior citizens, especially those that live in the neighborhood immediately around the site.....END of note.
It will be the end of summer before the students complete their plans and depending on grants and timing,at least another year or more before serious work can begin. Meanwhile, we, the BHM Pool Committee, Pool and Park Directors are planning promotions, programs and events to bring attention back to the pool and the community back to enjoy it once again.
As for how you all can help?? We are open to suggestions and great ideas! Get involved! Suggest solutions! Join us! Volunteer, there is plenty to do. It will be more fun than you will believe and very gratifying in the end. There will be fundraiser events for the pool in the near future to at least get started on some improvements or perhaps to buy a water slide, pool furniture, supplies for the lifeguards or updated emergency gear. We need solutions to help the elderly and handicapped to enjoy the pool this summer and from now on. As it is, the pool is not accessible to that population, and that is unacceptable!
Think of kids who have never had a chance to swim or Seniors who need the therapy of the water for their joints. Maybe YOU have an answer?? We are wide open here, now is the time to jump in! We need all the help and networking we can get! Please step up to the plate and let's get this pool on track starting this summer!We need instructors for some of these programs like water aerobics, Senior classes, or if there is someone to teach it, how about scuba class? Bring yourself and the kids for swim time or lessons, lifeguard class, or just show up this summer to have fun!I have created a web site with all the information to be known and will update it as things progress.
Here is the location to copy and paste to your search bar: http://robertthenry.webs.com/index.htm Click "Contact" for information of myself and the committee members.Take a look all around the site at all the topics. There is great information there for the viewing, as well as some great old photos of the past and the photos of the present. Enjoy and come back to your Community Pool. Summer is around the corner, we have to start NOW! Let's stop complaining and makes positive step to a better future! Do it for yourself, the kids and Greenville! Together, we can make it happen!
Many have scoffed at the proposed renovation of our city pool, claiming that it is a waste of money. I think that the project could be very successful, not just in restoring a wonderful recreational facility, but also in bringing us together by working toward a common goal. I would love to see a covered pool that could be used for a variety of purposes throughout the year.
This past summer, I was quite disturbed by public officials who attributed a rash of arson house fires to "kids who are bored and don't have anything else to do." Granted, there is not a wide variety of recreational activities for kids in Greenville, but arson?
So perhaps "swimming" is too passive in our current world of "extreme sports". As one contributor suggested, if we can't sell downtown Greenville to merchants, why not raze the buildings and turn it into skateboard or extreme bike ramps? These seem to be popular teen sports and are certainly more healthy than video games and arson.
A local water-park is proposed, but even that seems a bit outdated for the our "extreme" generation who seem to thrive on risk and an element of danger. There are options for downtown Greenville other than retail stores, but we will have to think out of the box. The "Farmer's Market" was a great success, although seasonal.
Many larger cities have "public markets" which range from hand made arts and crafts to "flea" markets (or yard sales as we call them). At any rate, they are quite popular in that people can visit one location to browse for a wide variety of items. All it takes is a wide open area with accessible parking... that is quite foreseeable in downtown Greenville.
Again, I commend Jennifer Jones for her efforts to both rejuvenate a once treasured gem in the Delta, as well as to unite those who have not given up on Greenville. If you are not actively involved in a civic cause for Greenville, I think you are missing out... on being part of what Greenville can be!