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Opposition to Swim Team Expansion

I am a 15-year resident of Westchase. I read an article in the last WOW about the swim team’s expansion, and would like to voice my opposition to it.

I like that Westchase offers sports programs for children. My oldest son participated in the tennis program for eight years; my youngest son played soccer in the Westchase soccer league. At the time my son was in the tennis program, a rule existed that the program could use all the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center (WSTC) courts but two courts remained available for residents wanting to use them. The same rule was used for swim program.  Now the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s pool is closed to residents during swim team practice time, Monday through Friday from 3:45-7 p.m.

The swim coach now wants to expand the program to the West Park Village pool in addition to the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool and use four of its lanes during the swim team practice hours. This means both Westchase pools will be utilized by the swim team Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.

I oppose the expansion of the swim team to the West Park Village pool for two main reasons. First, it will limit swim access to the pool for residents. Second, it will increase traffic and noise in West Park Village. Parley Drive is very narrow residential street that cannot handle increased traffic due the swim team’s presence. The traffic will endanger kids who are living nearby and making their way to Baybridge Park.

I also propose re-opening Westchase Swim and Tennis Center pool to the residents during swim team practice times. The swim team’s expansion will be on the Thursday, April 13, 2017 agenda of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board. The meeting will be held at the Parley Drive office building at 7 p.m.  I ask everybody to attend and voice their opinion. If you cannot attend, please send emails to WCA Board members.

I also ask the WCA Board to make public resident versus non-resident swim team participation numbers. I think it is unfair for non-residents and a certain interest group to take precedence above and at expense of our residents and neighborhood’s quality of life.

Svetlana Marinskaya, West Park Village

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