I did receive several supportive phone calls and in-person comments indicating that the issue needs to be revisited at a time when the City Council and city staff are awaiting proposals from The Surland Cos. and Wild Rivers LLC for development of water parks.
The online comments that followed the column on the Press web site were all over the map, some supportive of putting the pool in Dr. Powers Park back into use, others critical.
One of the critical ones kept mentioning that Joe Wilson Pool is obsolete, but that’s a pretty broad, undefined term. The Tracy Plunge, Tracy’s onetime community swimming pool, continued in use for 55 years — from 1931 to 1986. Obviously, it took more than a half-century for that pool to become obsolete.
One reader posted a comment that warmed my heart:
“If his pool is of quality construction and can be brought back to life for under $2 million, it certainly deserves our consideration. Tracy gets VERY hot in the summer, and our children certainly need more cool, healthy recreation. I recall driving by and seeing everyone having a wonderful time there. Not all pools need to be for competition. We need an evaluation by a reputable pool contractor and re-think this.”
Amen. A professional look at the present condition of the pool and what would be needed to bring it up to standard — outlining options in the process — would either confirm or even adjust the present $1.9 million-to-$2 million estimate and move the discussion of the pool’s future along.
We won’t know unless that new look becomes a reality, and the time to decide to make that happen is soon approaching.
Ina takes her leave
Ina Bland is moving to Volcano in the Sierra foothills today after living in Tracy 50 years. The loss of a former “first lady” of Tracy provides another reminder of the passing of a generation of leaders who had a lot to do with shaping the development of our town.
Ina, now 82, is the widow of Clyde Bland, who was Tracy’s mayor for four years, from 1990 to 1994, at a time when planning and managing growth was high on the City Council’s agenda. Before and after serving on the council, Clyde had been on the city planning commission.
The Blands, both former residents of Rogers, Ark. — famed for being the location of the first Walmart — had lived in Minnesota before moving to Tracy in 1963. Ina’s sister, Dixie Jeghers, had moved here earlier, and the Blands followed.
“It doesn’t at all seem like we came here 50 years ago,” Ina told me on the phone this week. “Tracy welcomed us, and we felt this was ‘our home’ right away.”
Ina will be living with son Charles and his family in Volcano, near Jackson in Amador County.
I should note that the mayor who followed Clyde was Dan Bilbrey. And I have become aware that Dan is experiencing serious health problems, as his coffee buddies at The Roasted Bean will tell you.
A lot of us in Tracy are joining those buddies in expressing our concern for Dan in his struggle and send our warmest greetings to him.
Seniors will dine at 5 p.m.
Dave and Pam Warta are moving right along on their plans for the Tracy’s Home for the Holidays community celebration Nov. 23 and 24.
A couple of items about the event in a recent column need some corrections: The annual dinner of senior citizens that concludes the event on Monday, Nov. 25, begins at 5 p.m.
Also the “passport” participating stores now number 17, and the Saturday-morning breakfast will cost $8 for children younger than 12.
• Sam Matthews, Tracy Press publisher emeritus, can be reached at 830-4234 or by email at email@example.com.