We are UNH faculty, staff, students and alumni who believe that the historic outdoor pool must be preserved and improved. We are opposed to the proposed destruction of this pool and believe that such a move will hurt the community and damage fragile town-gown relations.
Destroying the outdoor pool would rend a tear in this community of children, adults, and students who flock to the pool for recreation and refreshment in summer. We, the undersigned, are members of the UNH community who care deeply about both “town” and “gown.” The pool is central to our wellbeing on campus, to our quality of life, and that of our children.
The current configuration of the pool must be retained; its unique historic value is in line with New England’s heritage culture. Its classic WPA-era structure is a masterpiece of form and function. If the pool is changed in any major way, such as moved or reduced in size, the resulting swimming area will be inadequate, shaded, and soulless. Rather than destroy the outdoor pool, we encourage the University to work together with the Town of Durham to find technological solutions as needed and retain the historic structure. Leave the outdoor pool for generations to enjoy.
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