We understand that the University of Washington has decided to discontinue its swim team program, and we are very concerned that this endangers the continued availability of Hec Edmundson Pavilion Pool for other users. The Hec Ed Pool is a very valuable asset, not only for the University, but for the community at large. In the Northwest there are already too few pools. Seattle provides only 1.7 pools per 100,000 citizens, far below the national average of 3.0 pools per 100,000 citizens for large U.S. cities (Trust for Public Lands, 2006). The Hec Ed Pool is used by many organizations that continually struggle to find venues for their aquatic activities. For example, the UW Club Water Polo Teams and the Huskies Masters Swim Team depend on use of the Pool for their very existence. The Pool is also used by high schools for meets and should remain available even if the UW swim program ends. The undersigned individuals respectfully request that the University of Washington continue to maintain and keep the Hec Edmundson Pool available for use. Thank you.
There are not enough pools in Seattle area and there is a shortage of full-sized pools with enough lanes for various paces of lap swimmers. I was a graduate student at the UW, and worked as staff at the UW for nearly 15 years. I used the IMA nearly daily, and swam regularly at the IMA pool, and occasionally at the Hec Ed pool. I love both pools, and greatly miss having such high quality facilities available for focused lap swimming. Please do not close this pool. Keep it open for the public as a lap swim pool. Lap swim hours in the Seattle Rec. pools is far too limited and do offer enough convenient hours.
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