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Save Davey Lopes Pool!

$280 of $280 goal

Raised by 8 people in 53 months
Save Davey Lopes Pool!As the summer draws to a close, I can't help but feel a sense of sadness at the way my local government has chosen to treat my children and their peers this season. Summer in a city such as Providence should produce a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for its children and adolescents.I have always been proud to call Rhode Island my home, and have lived in South Providence for the better part of my life. I have very fond memoriesDavey Lopes Recreation Center's pool.
A Providence native, Lopes has been an inspiration to Rhode Islanders, as both a star in baseball's World Series and a Major League Baseball coach for over 40 years and counting. The Recreation Center, and in particular the pool, had always been a place where people could come together in peace and enjoy an afternoon, or evening, of fun and relief from the soaring temperatures of a mid-summer's day here in South Providence.
As a teenager, I volunteered at the pool as a swimming coach, and I always looked forward to my time spent there. I'm quite certain that the experiences I drew on from those days kept my path straight, and contributed greatly to the positive and productive person I am today.
However, this year, there was no laughter, no smiles, and no direction provided by the pool that was such an important part of my summers growing up in South Providence. Instead, there is a neglected, decaying shell, and a city government that, save a few clarion voices, seems more interested in spouting hot air than providing cool water for its citizens.
In a bloated city budget of over $650 million this fiscal year, it astonishes me that city officials cannot allocate roughly $50,000, less than one one-hundredth of 1 percent, to repair and revitalize this local treasure. At its most basic level, local government should be a place for people to come together, and not to be left behind, as is the case with South Providence.
Despite countless print and online articles, demonstrations, radio broadcasts, television coverage, and a sea of social-media posts clamoring for the pool to be repaired and reopened, the pool stayed silent all summer long. My children found their smiles and their laughter at the Providence Marriott, at Foxwoods, or at other locations that a much greater strain on my family's budget than one one-hundredth of 1 percent.
Life does go on, and there are inevitable changes in the landscape of any city. My feeling is that this particular landmark and the native son who lent his name to it deserve more respect and thoughtful consideration.
Mayor Taveras, the people of South Providence have spoken with a clear voice. We want our pool back! Our neighborhoods boast the most culturally diverse segment of our fine city. The children here are just as worthy of a place to congregate in peace, and summer fun as the children on the East Side or Mount Pleasant or Smith Hill. The song of their summer laughter is just as sweet as any you will find in the great city of Providence.
Please, let this be the last summer that they're forced to look elsewhere for such a place.
Leah Williams Metts is a mother of four, marketing director, and a court-appointed special advocate volunteer from South Providence.


In efforts to privately fund the pool to be fix and reopened we for our we are asking for your donations.
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Leah Williams Metts
53 months ago

Thank You Kira Greene! :)

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Leah Williams Metts
53 months ago

Thank you Anthony Evans!

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Leah Williams Metts
53 months ago

thank u Jim!

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$280 of $280 goal

Raised by 8 people in 53 months
Created September 23, 2013
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QS
$25
Qiana Sumner
53 months ago

Save our pool!

$75
Michael Swanson
53 months ago

Glad I can help

KG
$50
Kira Greene
53 months ago

I will continue to work to raise $ on FB for the Davey Lopes pool and applaud all the parents, kids and community members who have rallied so hard. THIS is what CHANGE looks like!

AE
$25
Anthony Evans
53 months ago

Give them laughter,give them fun you'll feel the joy

JW
$10
James Wright
53 months ago

LET THE KIDS SWIM!

Leah Williams Metts
53 months ago

Thank You Kira Greene! :)

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Leah Williams Metts
53 months ago

Thank you Anthony Evans!

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Leah Williams Metts
53 months ago

thank u Jim!

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