Concord mayor unveils renovated pool to children, promises more community development
CONCORD — On a hot summer day, everyone knows the best way to cool off is going for a swim in a pool, and even Concord's city council understood this sentiment when they began a multi-year plan to upgrade all of the city's community pools.
With this idea and hope for community development in mind, Concord Mayor Bouley and Councilor Jennifer Kretovic held a ribbon cutting event for the renovated Kimball Park pool, the second stage of that plan.
As Mayor Bouley sliced through the ribbon with his golden scissors, children from the nearby Boys and Girls Club poured through the fence like water out of flood gates.
Councilor Kretovic took a few moments from the opening to share her thoughts on the events importance with NH1 News, while the children splashed around and swam in the brand-new pool.
"The city of concord has made a commitment to our seven pools that we have across the city to have all of seven of them be handicap accessible," Kretovic said. "We did the Rolfe Park Pool first, the Kimball pool here today is second, and Keach pool is next so that we can expand this community asset to people of all abilities, and disabilities, and mobility issues."
When asked why pools were a valuable commodity for the city to invest so much time, effort, and money into, Kretovic explained, "Kids need to unplug; they need to connect to each other."
"We need to be able to teach kids empathy [...] and community," she continued. "Having a park like this where kids can just come play, I think this is so important."
In a final comment perfectly summing up why community development is so vital, Kretovic said, "This isn't about the generation that's plugged in, this is about the generation that's going to connect."
Find more information about the pool renovations and community developments in Concord here.