Letter: Planned Greenwood pool too costly, in wrong place

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.

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