(Top) Water aerobics stretching exercises at the Savanna Pool. Left to Right: Lydia Root, Gene and Carol Wright, Myrna Sissler, Clara and Kayla Klein. In the background are lap swimmers Carol Gloor, Dorothy Spinoso,and Tom Root.
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
“Save the Pool” committee members are continuing efforts to make the Savanna Pool more appealing, and get the word out to the public that the community needs to have the assets the indoor pool can bring to the town.
The Savanna Park Board is still considering the permanent closure of the Savanna Swimming Pool, but has decided to wait until December to make a final decision.
Ron Roels reported that the last time the pool was used was on August 16th, 2013 when a demonstration was given to have physical therapists evaluate various water aerobics.
Lydia Root stated that ongoing research is showing a more positive view of the financial picture, adding “the future of the pool is looking brighter.”
Barb High, acting Administrator of the Park Board, released information that in the fiscal year of 2012, the Park District lost $6,824.00 in the recreation fund. With all of the parks and the pool being included in that fund, any tax money received goes into the recreation fund and expenses go out of that fund as well.
“We have really been researching,” Root advised. “The Park board is helping a lot. The Park Board continues to look into the cost of utilities at the pool and the High School.”
(Right) Lifeguard Tate Hunter oversees lap swimmers Carol Gloor and Dorothy Spinoso. Lifeguarding is a good part time job for high school and college age students. This provides benefits to the whole community.
Two insulated blankets (in background) that cover the pool at night help to keep costs down and temperatures steady. The pool is also equipped with two diving boards and a water slide that children really enjoy.
(Courtesy of Save the Pool Committee)
A statement released earlier did not take into account all of the money that is received. A more current, revised statement shows a much smaller loss than the previously shown $30,000-$40,000.00, which includes all incoming and outgoing monies for all parks and the pool combined.
Root stated that suggestions have been received by community members and have mentioned obtaining signage to inform the public of the pool’s location, with the possible location on Chicago Avenue. Interest has also been shown for programs and offerings in the pool to increase interest and the usage of the pool.
The Save the Pool Committee would like to increase the open swim time, as well as lessons, lap swimming, morning and afternoon water aerobics, and also introduce aquatic therapy with Physical Therapists GaryVanDeKamp as Director, and Eric Dahlman as instructor.
Root commented, “The Save the Pool committee is especially grateful to The Prairie Advocate and local media for their willingness to partner with us to save the Savanna indoor pool. The present and future citizens of this area will benefit as the pool is an asset to the community.
“We are a river community; everyone needs to know how to swim. It is a moral imperative to learn to swim and to safely have fun in the pool and on the Mississippi River. We have to let people know about our pool.
“If you have knee, shoulder, or other problems, water exercises would be beneficial,” Root added. “Exercising in the water is joint-friendly. People can have a better life by exercising in the water, and can get better range of motion.”
Root emphasized, “The only way we can be successful is by getting the word out.”
Roels said, “Exercising in the water gives one a good workout without the stress on the body. Movement in the water gives the resistance of moving against the water without over stressing the joints. The use of Styrofoam noodles, weights, and bells when pushed down into the water increases the resistance and gives a more beneficial workout.
“Working out in the water allows a person to do exercises that would be difficult on land because the water is holding the weight of the body. This makes water aerobics a way to exercise and rehab from an injury or surgery. It can also give you a good cardiac workout by increasing your heart rate. It is an activity for everyone’s skill level and purpose. Water aerobics and lap swimming would be on every doctor’s list of things to do to improve your health.”
Anyone wishing to help save the pool should contact Lydia Root for more information at 815-273-7296.