“Schroeder South,” a wing of the massive Midwest powerhouse Schroeder program, is in danger of losing one of their training sites after an article posted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel online on Wednesday.
In the article, Milwaukee County Parks Director John Dargle Jr. said that four county-run swimming pools “may be targeted for closure” in the county’s 2014 budget.
The four pools cited are Noyes Park, Pulaski Park, Jackson Park, and Grobschmidt Park, with Pulaski being the one used by Schroeder South (the Schroeder primary program trains at the beautiful Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center).
The plan is to close those four pools and instead spend the money on other parts of the park that are more heavily used.
Dargle told J.S. Online that costs greatly exceeded revenues at the Pulaski pool, which is what makes it a target for closure, in addition to $4.2 million in repairs needed between Pulaski and Noyes, the two in the worst shape.
Last year, the Moody Park pool was closed and replaced with a “splash pad”.
Two members of the county government voiced strong opposition, including Supervisor John Weishan Junior and County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, which has been a popular sentiment historically in closing Milwaukee’s pools. In 2009, County Executive Scott Walker (now Wisconsin’s governor) tried to write Pulaski pool out of his budget, but the County Board overrode his decision, using their veto powers.
The Schroeder South program began in August of 2012, and according to Schroeder’s Head Age Group coach Harmilee Cousin III, that south side program now has over 100 members, which brings the entire team to over 350 swimmers.