Public Meeting: Organize and begin planning new indoor pool for Natchitoches

A General Meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5-7 pm at the Natchitoches Arts Center, located at 716 Second Street, to organize a 501 (c) (3) non-profit to begin planning a new indoor pool in Natchitoches. All Natchitoches residents are welcome. Seating is limited to the first 100 residents. Organizers ask that anyone interested in supporting efforts toward the installation of an indoor pool in Natchitoches should bring $10 or more as a voluntary donation to the new organization to assist in starting the operation of the non-profit. The purpose of this meeting is to:

1) Inform residents of the progress toward planning an indoor pool

2) Introduce and review the proposed by-laws for the 501 (c) (3)

3) Recruit candidates for the Board of Directors

4} Recruit membership for the organization

13 thoughts on “Public Meeting: Organize and begin planning new indoor pool for Natchitoches

  1. Well, I don’t want you to waste your time looking for my name on the big donors list for the indoor pool and it will not be on the Board of Directors list either. I agree with you about several things that you said in your reply to mine but I just expressed my opinion and do feel it would be a great asset to the Natchitoches area in a lot of ways besides just to help the senior citizens. Thanks to Michelle Jordan for expressing her positive opinion on this as she did a much better job than I could ever have done.

  2. There is a tax referendum on the ballot for March that is totally about the roads. Everyone is fully aware that the roads need attention and work. Why don’t we try to focus on some improvements rather than making everything about that every single time? There are people who have been wanting an indoor pool since the Natatorium closed, and not just the small population that takes water aerobics. This facility will be good for all ages, all year long, including schools and classes. It will be a non-profit, and there will be employees. It does not sound as if this is going to be a public nuisance or a public burden; if it is a non-profit there are likely to be grants. But like all non-profits they will require fundraising and support from the community for staff and maintenance, and I believe that there are enough people around that miss a clean, safe, indoor facility that it will do well. Now if someone can convince one of the gymnasiums to set up a hot tub and a steam room like real gyms do elsewhere, that would be great.

  3. I am with Jason on this.I do not want to see my taxes paying for a pool
    nor would I vote for it,but I will drop a few bucks if need be.And you are totally
    correct this is not a retirement community,hell theres nothing here for kids,teens let alone senior citizens .

  4. I will personally be happy to donate $10.00 to try and get this moving forward. I lived in the north, all of the high schools had Olympic size in-door swimming pools. I was very fortunate to participate as a swim team member, captain, and had a good paying job as a life guard. I was not on the basketball team, cheerleader, or softball team, that was not what I was best suited for. I did however swim 5+ miles a day and was a very competitive distance swimmer. Those years help to form me into the person that I am and taught me responsibility. In addition, the time spent at that swimming pool certainly kept me off the streets and out of trouble. The point is that not everyone out there fits into every sport that is traditional in this area. When we did have a local facility at NSU we had children in this area that were a part of the swim team and several of them have excelled as adults. It would be a great asset to our community.

    The facility at my local high school was utilized by all ages and promoted community health. I taught young children water safety and swimming lessons. Our elderly were able to use the facility for lap swimming and just good old exercise that help with their joint and arthritis pain.

    I’m not sure of all the in’s and out’s of this venture, but willing to be a part of the process to see what can be done.

    As a real estate appraiser, I travel our city/parish roads more than most, and I totally agree that the road situated is crazy! We however do not need to be ugly in our comments concerning this matter and/or any other matter. We are all entitled to our opinions, but they should be shared in a mature way and not as deeming comments.

    If there is a group of people out there that want to take their time to investigate the options, then good for them. I know that this swimming pool would be an asset to our community.

    • Thanks, Michelle. You should be at the meeting to speak about the ways an indoor pool would benefit the health of Natchitoches Citizens.

  5. i could care less about a pool ,it is beyond ridiculous that the city cares
    more about a cement pond than fixing the roads,that have cost people front end allignments and tires.This city and micky mouse government have priorities mixed up.

  6. We can’t pave roads, but people think we can spend a few million on a pool for 6 people to do water aerobics twice a week. lol Not to mention the hundreds of thousands a year that the upkeep, staffing, chemicals, etc would cost. I’m gonna start a group up for the Natchitoches Monorail system. Has about the same chance of happening.

    • It seems to me that if it is something like the huge sports complex, which has nothing really for the senior citizens, then people are all for it. Senior citizens need more than just some walking trails to exercise. There are more than 6 people who do water aerobics, and they are people of different age groups, the 3 months they are offered in the Summer and the number attending has grown considerably over the past years. In fact, this last year they had people who wanted to go but could not get in because the classes were filled to capacity. My question to you is why were you not worried about the condition of the roads back when they were approving this Sports complex. The roads inside the city limits have been bad for several years now and if that isn’t enough what about when the city ruined the entrance to the City from IH49 by killing all the vegetation there and still have not done anything to get it back to where it was before their mistake. Senior citizens need a place where they can exercise as often as they need to. If anyone feels the $10 donation will be too much for them to donate then do not do it but don’t blame the people wanting to have this indoor pool for the condition of the roads, etc. in Natchitoches. By the way, this pool would not be just for seniors but for anybody who would want to use it and needs to use it such as athletes and others who suffer injuries and could use this pool to help with their physical therapy during their recovery period.

      • Then, if true, there’ll be a HUGE turnout and people will bring their checkbooks and it’ll be a go. An indoor pool is fine by me. I just don’t want to see any of our tax dollars or other fees tied up in it. I don’t trust the Mayor, the City Council, or anyone in “leadership” roles. They are all just politicians who’ll say one thing, and do another.

        And, also, if you think Natchitoches is a “retirement” community, then I suggest you get out more and go visit some real retirement communities.

        Back to the indoor pool….great, y’all make it happen. I expect to see Gloria Bennett’s name listed as a huge donor and also a member of the Board of Directors. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in making this happen.

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