Despite a few sheets of rain that whipped through, we had a good turnout for the Labor Day Pool Party! Thanks to Friends of Deep Eddy for co-hosting, to the Aquatics staff and lifeguards, to Forklift Dance, to the North Austin Rivermaids, to the water polo coach, the Reveleros and the Minor Mishap Marching Band! We were honored to have Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Alison Alter speak about the pools, with surprise guest appearances by Mayor Adler and mayoral candidate Laura Morrison.
Special thanks to each of you in Love Austin Pools who took the time to speak out, sit in meetings, collect signatures, write or call Council this year. Thanks to those who staffed the LAP table at the Pool Party (esp Brittney, Susan A, Patricia and Al, Randeen, Karen, Alison, Steve, and Brenda), who spoke all afternoon to folks interested in learning more about the budget and upcoming bond election. We have come a long way since our initial letters against closing 14 of the 34 Austin pools!
The annual budget (regular maintenance) for Aquatics is up 1.7% to $9.8 million dollars this fall, and the bond proposal (under the Parks & Recreation section) allots $40 million to pools for long-term projects like renovation and rebuilt or new pools for underserved areas–a far cry from closing 14 of the 34.
Please remember to vote in the upcoming bond election (bonds will be on the ballot of the general November election), and consider casting your ballot for the Parks & Recreation bond.
You guys are a great team!