The last good news heard about the Adie Knox pool was Mayor Drew Dilkens saying we would be able to use it until the new University of Windsor pool opens. Since then, the outdoor pools, the Aquatic Centre and the WFCU pools were reopened.
During this time I bumped into a few of the senior Adie Knox regulars. Where did I see them? At the hospital, at a clinic and/or at the doctors office. All were tending to health problems and all were waiting to have Adie Knox reopen so they could get their exercise in and build up their strength.
The same was true for one other I met in a grocery store — waiting for Adie Knox to reopen.
The mayor and city council don’t seem to understand not everyone likes or wants to go to the WFCU pool or Aquatic Centre for various reasons. It’s on the other side of town, takes a couple bus rides, takes too long to get there, the water is too cold, the design/facility is not accommodating or getting into the pool is too far to walk, etc.
I believe COVID-19 just provided those making the decisions, the mayor and others, an excuse to do what they have been trying to do for years — close Adie Knox. They have seemingly never cared about the needs of this city’s seniors or the west-end community.
To top it all off, now they aren’t even keeping their promise to allow the use of Adie Knox until the new university pool is ready. It just sits empty, probably deteriorating.
It appears to me because they finally have it closed down and seniors don’t matter.
Rene Jacques, Windsor
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