Kari Brock, Fargo, Published July 07 2012
Clear need for aquatics centerKudos to the city of West Fargo for exploring the idea of an aquatics center. As mother to three competitive swimmers, I can attest to the need for a competitive swimming facility in our community.
Currently, the Fargo-West Fargo area cannot host a state swim meet, whether it be at the high school or club level. Our family travels to state swim competitions three times each year, spending our dollars in other cities’ motels and restaurants. The revenue that this center could bring to our area must be considered if voters are asked to support such a project.
We are currently in prime “swim season” in most people’s minds, with warm temperatures and sunny skies, and some might assume that our beautiful outdoor pools are adequate for the community. Swim season for competitive swimmers, however, is year-round.
There are so many more swimmers in our community than most people would ever guess. Besides each high school supporting team or a co-op team, the community also boasts wonderful club teams, including the YMCA Gators, West Fargo Flyers, Moorhead Marlins, and the Minnesota State University Moorhead Red Dragons.
I encourage the community to consider the tremendous impact a quality aquatics center would have on our swimmers as well as the positive economic impact our community would enjoy.