"It's time for generosity," Doug Olson said after Monday's City Council meeting.

He is right.

The great idea of the Douglas Municipal Pool being free to its patrons has come at a great time for the Douglas community. Those who live here know and feel the pressure at the bank for the cost it takes to live here. The city allowing free admission during regular business hours is a great way for them to say thank-you to all those in the community.

Initially, when the pool was built, the public was told it was going to be free. When the public approved the bonds, some were told that it would be free to all youth. After it was built, the operating costs showed the city had to charge admission. Now that the city has money, it's a great way to give something back.

Sure, the pool might be a little more crowded than in years past, but the voters have supported the fifth-cent tax for the city since 1974. It's a minor discomfort for something that is going to be free.

Would you rather take your child to the river or the pool when it comes to safety?

Additionally, the free cost for swimming can allow parents to use their money, hopefully, for their children to participate in other Douglas youth recreation activities this summer.

For more information, please read the Free Swim story on pages A-1 and 2.

We say, great work City of Douglas.


— Beth Wood

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