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Letter: Planned Greenwood pool too costly, in wrong place

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Nathan Turner


To the editor:

In regards to the supposed water park plans for Greenwood’s very own Freedom Park, I am, as the rest of my fellow Greenwood residents should be, staunchly opposed to this outrageous idea. The reasons we should be opposed are as obvious as a school zone speed limit, yet sadly just as much ignored. The reasons are as follows:

1.) The cost of this project has become so enormous that it has far exceeded its original projected amount. In 2009, the projected cost of this luxurious venture was $6.5 million. After four years, time has not helped its cause. Now the estimated cost is a humongous $10 million. For those of you who don’t want to do the math right now, that’s a $3.5 million increase in cost; a 54 percent climb up the budget from 2009. With most of us still tightening our belts due to the recession, do we really want to pay an extra $3.5 million?

2.) If you are still ready and willing to pay the price, at the very least you must acknowledge the absolute idiocy in location of this luxury. Traffic will most likely skyrocket in this area. As Greenwood residents, I realize that we are used to high traffic and endure it daily, but keep in mind what area this planned project is taking place.

If you don’t know, it’s located right off Averitt Road, which is just about the busiest north/south road in between U.S. 31 and State Road 135. This road is also unwisely restricted to only one stoplight for its entirety at its intersection with Smith Valley Road. On top of all of that, it is less than a mile and a half in between two high schools (Greenwood Community High School and Greenwood Christian Academy) and is literally right outside Greenwood Community Church’s school zone.

With all these high-traffic hubs on a two-lane road with only one stop light that is almost always backed up, any human being with a learner’s permit could naturally assume that adding a tourist attraction which would inevitably draw in large amounts of unfamiliar drivers onto a road that is already struggling to serve its purpose would be detrimental to the travel of all those who use Averitt Road.

In conclusion, I’d just like to point out that I’m not completely opposed to the idea of a nice place to cool off during the heat of summer. A quaint little pool at a much better location would be a grand idea.

However, building a $10 million water park in an area that can barely survive rush hour is an outrageous, appalling and somewhat insulting idea that should be stopped. Please contact our Greenwood government officials and let them know that we still hold to the same opinion we had four years ago. Stop the madness.

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