Most Active Stories
- Lorne Adrain Exits Providence Mayoral Campaign
- Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence Journal, We Knew Ye Well
- Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest
- Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race
- TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media
Mon October 21, 2013
Community Activists Fighting Permanent Closure of South Providence Pool
A controversy is brewing over the future of the Davey Lopes swimming pool in South Providence. The mayor says it’s too far gone to repair. He wants to replace it with a water park. But community activists are coming together to save the old watering hole.
Providence city councilor Davian Sanchez will hold a press conference at the Davey Lopes recreation center today to oppose the city’s plans to demolish the pool. The city is going out for bids to cement the pool over with the ultimate goal of turning it into a water park. But Ray Rickman president of Swim Empowerment says minority youths need a place to go where they can learn to swim.
"Seventy percent of African Americans cannot swim. And African American teenagers are three times as likely to drown as the rest of the community," said Rickman.
Mayor Angel Taveras has said the pool is beyond repair and needs to be replaced. An email to his spokesman to find out if he would reconsider was not returned. The pool was closed all last summer because of maintenance issues.
Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org