Ferndale Residents Rally for Community Pool on Facebook Page
How would you feel about a community swimming pool in Ferndale?
Do you think the city of Ferndale should have a community swimming pool?
There's a new Facebook page where residents are rallying around the idea and discussing possible ways to make it happen.
The Ferndale Community Pool Campaign page was started on Aug. 22 by resident Carey Gustafson and already has 326 "likes."
"This page was created to start a conversation. Can we afford it? Do we want it? Where would it go?" the page description reads. Read more here.
A community pool has been discussed in the past - one resident posted an image of a city pool plan designed in 1970, titled "Ferndale Municipal Swimming Pool." You can find that photo here.
Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter said he heard discussions of a pool resurfacing and asked City Manager April Lynch to look into what exactly the costs might be.
"This has been an ongoing issue ever since I moved to Ferndale," Coulter said. "Every couple of years it gets raised again and the answer has always come down to the expense, and not the cost to build the pool but the liability and the ongoing maintenance of the pool has been the killer of all the previous plans."
One of the issues is insurance, which Coulter said is "astronomical" on a public pool.
"We're going to look into it again," he said.
Ferndale Recreation Director Jill Manchik said she is familiar with the Facebook page and is currently researching the issue, including looking at previous master plans.