Enjoying Rockport Pool: Janesville 'taking care' of what they own
Much has been said and written about Janesville always wanting the newest and the 'best' -- regardless of the cost to citizens. Those statements, which are generally blanket ones, go on to mention, 'the city needs to take care of what they own.' Well, I feel the city does take care of what they own and Rockport Pool is a perfect example.
As we made our first trip of the season to the pool a few weeks ago I mentioned to my son and daughter about the times when I visited the pool as a kid. That was over 30 years ago. Of course, they're at the age where their eyes roll at that comment, but it hit me…this place IS getting old!
We paid a reasonable fee and walked through a clean and well kept bathhouse, then onto the concrete jungle. Aside from a few oversized shade umbrellas, not much has changed with the deck in over 30 years. There are a few different shades of concrete from repairs and generally the deck is in good shape.
The pool itself was in excellent condition. I know a few people from the local swim team and they, along with the city helped repaint the Olympic sized pool earlier this spring. They did a fantastic job. In addition to the cosmetics of the pool, the massive pumps that keep the pool clean were doing just that - the water was crystal clear. In fact, my son mentioned that the water was cleaner than another community pool we frequent that is generally mentioned as 'cooler than Janesville's'.
While a zero entry and water slide like Fort Atkinson would be super and a splash pad like Milton was be neat, I believe the city has a solid facility on the southwest side of town. Neither of those have a high dive…talk about reliving great childhood memories!
Obviously, there will be a time in the future when the city will have to make a decision on aging facilities and Rockport will need to be a part of that conversation. Rockport Pool is getting old, but to the general user she's aging very well. I credit the our city officials (specifically parks and recreations) for giving us a safe, clean and fun place to cool off this week.
What are your thoughts?
Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.