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Neighborhood kids campaigned to reopen Berkeley pool

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In Berkeley, neighborhood kids dressed in swimsuits, but with nowhere to swim. They campaigned to restore their local pool.

Right now Willard Pool on Telegraph Avenue looks more like a garden. It's filled with dirt, instead of water because the city closed it a couple years ago due to cutbacks.

Saturday, organizers held a mock swim-a-thon to support Berkeley's measures "O" and "N". If passed, funding from the tax and bond measures would rebuild and re-open Willard Pool among others.

"Yeah, we'll come swim here because the kids that come to swim here, they hang with their friends in the summer and it's just sad to see that the pool is filled with dirt," said Terry and Jade Hudson.

Opponents of measures "O" and "N" argue the city shouldn't undertake any major project until it has cash to cover all unfunded liabilities.

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