Editor's Note: This story is part of a month-long series that highlights 31 ideas included in the "Mansfield Rising" plan. The 67-page document was created by 15 local leaders after attending the South by Southwest Conference last March in Austin, Texas.
Idea 21: Build a community pool
Remember Maura Teynor's SXSW blog about the importance of investing in community pools?
While Austin is much larger than Mansfield, there are smaller cities in and around our county with community pools. The city of Mansfield has struggled to repair its only community pool at Liberty Park over the years and anticipate the need to replace it in the upcoming years.
The need for a community pool is important as a gathering space, to promote a sense of community and improve the health and well-being of local citizens. Aside from this, community pools are an essential piece of a city to engage in recreational activities.
Liberty Pool has served its purpose as a place for people to cool off in the summer heat. However, the team recommends a competition-size pool with the possibility of indoor and outdoor opportunities.
The addition of an indoor pool could serve local high school swim team needs as they currently rent pool-time from the Mansfield Area Y, Friendly House, and Malabar Intermediate School.
Having a centrally-located pool to serve the entire city is imperative. Without one, future generations could grow up without knowing how to swim.