A rally to help save the Mount Rainier High School swimming pool in Des Moines is set for Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the pool.
Ariana Kukors, the Auburn Mountainview graduate who recently shattered the world record in the women’s 200-meter individual medley, will be the guest of honor.
The pool is scheduled to close at tne end of the year due to a lack of funding and would leave the Highline School District with no swimming facility. The pool at Evergreen High School closed at the end of August.
Swim teams from Highline and Tyee shared the pool with Evergreen. The Evergreen girls team is now training and competing at the Foster pool in Tukwila. Tyee apparently is not fielding a girls team this fall.
The Highline girls team now practices and competes at Mount Rainier.
The Mount Rainier pool, which opened in 1975, is also used by community members — including Faith Callahan, who turns 105 later this month.
Members of the highly successful KING Acquatic Club swim team train at Mount Rainier as well. Kukors, a club member who recently turned professional and now trains in California, will be recognized for her accomplishments at the rally by Des Moines Mayor Robert Scheckler.
Save Our Swimming (SOS), the citizens’ group former to save the pool, is asking Des Moines voters to pass Proposition 1 on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Prop 1 creates a metropolitan park district to operate and maintain the pool at a cost of 20 cents per $1,000 assessed home value ($56 a year for a $280,000 home).
Friday’s rally concludes with a free family cookout and open swim.
You’ll be able to read more about this issue both here and in The Seattle Times over the next few weeks.