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A new pool would be good for children and parents according to supporters of a Peru pool referendum

Posted by wlpo on March 14, 2014

If the only thing between you and the hot concrete is a wet beach towel you’re at the city swimming pool.  2009 was the last season for swimming at the Peru pool.  It has since been torn down. 

Claudia Mikyska and Gina Martin want the city to build a new pool so children will have a place to go during the hot summer, just like their children had.  They’re trying to raise support for a pool question that will be on Tuesday’s ballot.  The referendum asks for a property tax increase to pay for the pool.

Despite the extra tax, Mikyska believes working parents would want to have a pool for their children because it’s some place children could go with a babysitter.  She also thinks it would be good for the children to socialize.

Both women are part of Friends for Peru Pool, an organization raising money for a new pool or a splash pad.  The referendum hasn’t slowed their money-raising efforts.  They have a raffle drawing Monday night. 

Their opponents say the city can’t afford a pool and families can use the Illinois Valley Y and other public pools instead.

Hear more from Mikyska and Martin by listening to an interview available at the WLPO AM and FM news page

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