26 years later...no pool?

26 years later...no pool?

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#1 Jun 27, 2014
I am a graduate of Niles North (198_) who currently finds hearth and home in the southwest suburbs.

As I found rhyme and reason to visit Skokie this past week, I was amazed at how "empty" its playgrounds and sporting fields were. Perhaps it was just the time of day I stopped by or perhaps times have changed to where no one is interested in a pick-up game of basketball or baseball, but one collection of my more pleasant memories centers around both indoor and outdoor sports.

I remember the informal circuits running around town. Some were for tennis while others were for a quick game of fast pitch with a wall playing the role of catcher. Softball games would sprout up out of nowhere and tossing the football wasn't all that uncommon during certain seasons. One did not have to travel far to find a group of people playing volleyball or even swimming.

Therefore, it truly saddened me to learn recently that your village has no swimming pool for its residents. The swimming pool in Midlothian was recently closed down and I know both children and adults are struggling with similar ideas to fill in the gap.

I am grateful I had the chance to learn how to swim while growing up in Skokie. It is one of those life-saving skill-sets someone carries with them throughout their life. Whether swimming is used as exercise or recovery from riding (falling off) a jet ski or an inner tub, the benefits are certainly numerous.

Is anyone looking into securing a location for such a community feature or is this something the community is comfortable without?

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#4 Jul 3, 2014
Thank you for some further insight.

It was suggested to me that the Park District had passed on the pool direction when they were under construction over on Church Street due to the JCC having a pool accessible to both members and guests. Of course, the JCC has been closed for at least a few years.

The funny thing is that I never viewed my activities as being a part of a "healthy" lifestyle. It was just a great way to meet new people and keep myself occupied (and out of trouble!) for sometimes an entire day. Go figure that it was good for my health, right?:)

I will keep my fingers crossed and the hope alive that perhaps someday in the future, Skokie will once again have a pool.
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#5 Jul 5, 2014
Midlothian Composer wrote:
Thank you for some further insight.

It was suggested to me that the Park District had passed on the pool direction when they were under construction over on Church Street due to the JCC having a pool accessible to both members and guests. Of course, the JCC has been closed for at least a few years.

The funny thing is that I never viewed my activities as being a part of a "healthy" lifestyle. It was just a great way to meet new people and keep myself occupied (and out of trouble!) for sometimes an entire day. Go figure that it was good for my health, right?:)

I will keep my fingers crossed and the hope alive that perhaps someday in the future, Skokie will once again have a pool.
Didn't realize you were focused on private facilities, nor that a dearth of swimming facilities actually existed...perhaps you can check here for obviously operating (at least in summer) municipally run pools?

http://www.skokieparks.org/water-parks-and-sw...

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#6 Jul 10, 2014
You are quite kind to offer me direction and I am the schmuck! Not only do I now remember the water slide, dare I mention in my youth I remember not only day camp at Devonshire pool, but I remember ummm...hearing about...a Halloween evening or two.

If you will kindly tally your forgiveness points by taking my age, add the number of gray hairs I have and then perhaps divide by your normal forgiveness tally...?:)

I'm not sure why I was so willing to dismiss the memories when I posted my question, although I certainly meant the rest of what I mentioned. But I did tend to linger towards the 94 side of life (youth comes with its restrictions!) and NN in high school, which may have had something to do with it.

My apologies for wondering why there was no pool in Skokie and thanks for the link!

Since: Jul 07

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#7 Aug 10, 2014
Midlothian Composer wrote:
I am a graduate of Niles North (198_) who currently finds hearth and home in the southwest suburbs.
As I found rhyme and reason to visit Skokie this past week, I was amazed at how "empty" its playgrounds and sporting fields were. Perhaps it was just the time of day I stopped by or perhaps times have changed to where no one is interested in a pick-up game of basketball or baseball, but one collection of my more pleasant memories centers around both indoor and outdoor sports.
I remember the informal circuits running around town. Some were for tennis while others were for a quick game of fast pitch with a wall playing the role of catcher. Softball games would sprout up out of nowhere and tossing the football wasn't all that uncommon during certain seasons. One did not have to travel far to find a group of people playing volleyball or even swimming.
Therefore, it truly saddened me to learn recently that your village has no swimming pool for its residents. The swimming pool in Midlothian was recently closed down and I know both children and adults are struggling with similar ideas to fill in the gap.
I am grateful I had the chance to learn how to swim while growing up in Skokie. It is one of those life-saving skill-sets someone carries with them throughout their life. Whether swimming is used as exercise or recovery from riding (falling off) a jet ski or an inner tub, the benefits are certainly numerous.
Is anyone looking into securing a location for such a community feature or is this something the community is comfortable without?
Uh is there really no swimming pool these. I don't and have never lived in Skokie but There is a pool on the SE corner of Oakton and Skokie Blvd. Unless it closed down recently.

Also if you saw nobody at any of the parks, you can't base such a generalzation on one visit.

I'm sure there were plenty during t time you were living there where there were times when parks were empty.

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