Help Save the Historic Cuscaden Pool

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On Thursday, January 23rd, the Tampa City Administration will be providing a cost estimate to City Council for modernizing Cuscaden Pool while retaining its historic features.  The current proposed plan is to retain the historic fabric of the exterior, and to build a brand new pool on the interior.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  

The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association is asking you to contact your City Council members to advocate for funds to be allocated for the necessary repairs and upgrades to Cuscaden Pool.   You can assist by:

1.      Attending Council on Thursday, January 23rd to speak during the Public Comments section at 9:00am (315 E. Kennedy Blvd, 3rd Fl.)
2.      Emailing all Council Members
3.      Calling Councilman Frank Reddick, VM Ybor area councilman: (813) 274-8189 or any At-Large Council Member

Background: The historic Cuscaden Pool was once the well-used jewel of the V.M. Ybor community when it was built in 1937 as part of the WPA Program.  It was closed in the 1997 due to disrepair and then rehabilitated and restored in the mid-2000s thanks in large part to a federal grant and CIT funding ($2,600,000+). The official re-opening came in 2005 – much to the delight of residents.

Unfortunately, residents and stakeholders in the Central Tampa / V.M. Ybor neighborhood have not had access to this local, community pool since early 2010. The historic pool and community facilities, weight room, classrooms, and exercise rooms were open for just 5 seasons before being closed due to water infiltration and pool filtration problems.  In addition to the pool, this facility housed an after school program that was extremely beneficial to the families in our community.

The City Administration, after including Cuscaden Pool in past proposed budgets, has now eliminated the proposed funding for repairs.  Please take a moment to let City Council know that Cuscaden Pool is important to the V.M. Ybor community and is an important piece of Tampa history that should be repaired and returned to public use.

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