Are public pools a valuable and necessary function of a city?

A debate about the role of government in providing summertime recreation. Are outdoor public swimming pools valuable for a community? Is it important to learn to swim, and should the government pay for recreation facilities for all to use? Minnesotans debate these issues.

From the “Sartell Says” debate series, the motion is: “Outdoor public pools are a valuable and necessary function of a city.” Moderated by Patty Candella.

Listen to the full debate here.

Today’s Question: Are public pools a valuable and necessary function of a city?

  • Johnny Ralph Horstman

    yes, you don’t have a childhood without a public swimming pool

  • MIDstuckintheDLE

    Necessary for a city to function? No. Valuable? Very.

  • reader

    Great biofiltration pool in construction in N. Mpls reviewed in the Paper today. No chlorine.

  • Dick from Gaylord

    Children are supervised by lifeguards, and they seek food. An excellent alternative to daycare. Plus can make friends with all the other lowlifes.

    • Dick from Gaylord

      I meant sell not seek. Damn autocorrect.

      • Gayle

        Lowlifes? I hope that was another autocorrect error and you are not saying that those that would utilize a public pool are lowlifes. I further hope you are not indicating that dropping the kids off at the pool is being used as a common substitute for daycare. If so, your bias is showing. One more question – who sells food, kids or lifeguards?

  • SharkTale2014

    As long as the United States Government is spending billions of dollars on military spending in order to kill other Human Beings I want my tax dollars to go to public pools. Public Pools provide a place to exercise for all humans.

  • Sarah

    A valuable function maybe, but certainly not necessary. Not as a public function, and certainly not something that a city can’t do without if the money and space can go to a another source that is deemed by the citizens of the community to be truly necessary. And the use of chlorine, and whether it is harmful for people, especially children, is still a question that has not been adequately addressed.

  • PaulJ

    If it is an outdoor pool, it must only be necessary for about 3 months.

  • Ralphy

    Considering the deterioration of the water quality in our lakes (most would be considered to be a bio-hazard area), pools are a relatively safe alternative and a valuable form of recreation and exercise. Access to clean water for recreation is an integral component in the quality of life calculation for Minnesota communities.

  • Rob K

    As long as the tax base doesn’t mind subsidizing it, why not. They don’t make money in MN, so it has to be pretty clear that the community is going to pay for it.