As always, I read Gary's column this past edition and had some thoughts. Having long been involved in parks and recreation in Franklin County over the past 30 years, I agree with Gary that 152 respondents to the survey is paltry.
That being said, at least 152 cared enough to respond. There will be a thousand complaining about what the town does, yet they never take these opportunities to have their say.
Recreation in Franklin County needs to increase and as you said, it can be done in conjunction amongst the towns, schools, and county.
Having researched the matter, it is not economically feasible for the town to build a pool. The cost to operate year round is not cost-effective for a town the size of Louisburg. However, each town in Franklin County could effectively operate a splash park.
I personally love the idea of pocket parks and a dog park in the 'Burg. There could be a park on North Main, South Main, and somewhere near Carlie C's. All of these can be built at minimal costs and make Louisburg an even better place to live.
Now back to the aquatics facility. That's a piece that Franklin County needs to tackle. Before the county builds a mega office building, they need to build this facility. A year round indoor facility, and an outdoor pool. Grant money is there to be had, but county leaders need to get on board.
The benefits of an aquatics facility are so helpful for the entire population. From youth swimming in the summer instead of in lakes, ponds and rivers, to senior citizens swimming laps, the benefits of an aquatics facility are endless.
Yes, the Master Plan does increase Louisburg's opportunities for grants, and kudos to Jonathan Franklin for leading the charge. Franklin has been the biggest blessing for Louisburg since the retirement of C.L. Gobble, a huge supporter of parks and recreation.
Let the thought swim in your head!