Laurelhurst Community Club                                                     

Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood


October 9, 2007



Councilmember Richard J. McIver, Chair

Budget Committee and

Members of the Seattle City Council

P.O. Box 34025

Seattle, Washington  98124-4025


RE:      Funding for Citywide Feasibility Study to Site Outdoor Public Pools


Dear Councilmembers,


The Laurelhurst Community Club would like to add its support for funding a feasibility study for siting additional outdoor public swimming pools in Seattle.  The two current pools are west of I-5 and only one is 50 meters (Olympic-sized).   


Swimming draws a diverse group of participants of all ages into a highly desirable community activity.  Additional facilities in the city would provide more access to this healthy and popular recreational activity, and an outdoor heated pool would extend the swimming season for many swimming enthusiasts. 


Seattle has not kept up with its neighbors to the north and south in providing swimming facilities for residents.  Portland has seven outdoor public swimming pools and Vancouver, B.C. has five.  With city density increasing, there will be an ever increasing need to provide recreational activities for the city’s residents.


The Laurelhurst Community Club urges you to provide funding in the budget for the feasibility study.  This is an important budget initiative and deserves Council support.  The feasibility study will give us the information needed to move forward in implementing projects in the future. 


Thank you for considering the views of the Laurelhurst Community Club.




Jeannie Hale, President                                               Emily Dexter, LCC Trustee

3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE                               5151 47th Avenue NE

Seattle, Washington  98105                                        Seattle, Washington  98105

206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631                              206-524-1594