The old Faigrounds Pool in north St. Louis is the type of massive swimming hole this community desperately needs.
I realize that it's colder than witches' teats out there today, but all this relief money
Missouri is supposed to receive from the federal government has me thinking: Isn't it time we build a great public swimming pool in the City of St. Louis?
Sure, a pool may not pump thousands of jobs into the local economy,
but I argue that it could greatly benefit the region. It's downright
pathetic that this city of more than 300,000 inhabitants offers its
residents just three measly swimming pools (chlorinated cesspools are
more like it) in which to find reprieve during the brutal summer
A better alternative would be for the city to
construct one massive, freshwater pool that might serve as a default
public beach for St. Louis. You can find such an example down in
I spent a couple years living there earlier
this decade and while Austin has quite a few things going for it (great
music, a thriving tech industry, excellent Tex-Mex), arguably its best
asset is Barton Springs.
The 3-acre swimming pool (just south of downtown) is fed by a natural spring and was constructed during the nation's other
(that one back in the 1930s). Seventy years later and Barton Springs
continues to serve as an inexpensive gathering place for Austinites of
all stripes -- black, white, Hispanic.
As the RFT
has noted before, University City's Heman Park Pool
is one of the few places in the St. Louis area where blacks and whites
socialize together. A similar swimming hole in the city might go a long
way to breaking down the racial barriers that so divide St. Louis. Who
knows, it might even stop the local "brain drain
" by giving people a reason to stick around through our miserable summer months.