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Op-Ed: Invest in people, close opportunity gap, says Save our pools

Willard Pool: now full of dirt

When school breaks up for summer, Berkeley 5th grade teacher Maggie Knutson would like to see her students embracing adventure, reading books… and swimming. In an Opionator column published this morning, Knutson argues for the resurrection of Willard Pool, the only pool in South Berkeley, and one that could serve a young diverse population with very limited access to water safety, fitness and healthy social development. As the City Council meets tonight to consider the most recent community survey on the issue, she asks them to think carefully about how such a closure sits with 2020 Vision, an initiative designed in large part to close the achievement gap.

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  • jjohannson

    Restore that pool ASAP, by taking some pennies out of the pension fund.  California is eating its young.

  • berkopinionator

    Re-open Willard pool now!  The children deserve better.  What message are we sending to the kids at Willard by filling their swimming pool with dirt???  Our kids deserve to be a higher priority.