May 3, 2005
Like ducks out of water, members of the Cactus Shadows High School swim teams have no pond to call their own.
"We’re pretty much at the mercy of the Cactus Pool, on Cactus and Scottsdale Road," said Javier Ledesma, a Cave Creek Unified School District Governing Board member.
That pool is more than a 30-minute drive from the high school, and the swim team has to share the Scottsdale city pool with other schools and competitive teams.
The team also could bus swimmers to a pool in Anthem for practice.
But Cave Creek community leaders say they have a better idea — they want to build a 25-yard competition pool and diving well. The facilities would be attached to the proposed Desert Foothills YMCA and Community Center, which will be located near the intersection of the Carefree Highway and 60th Street. A bond election could provide the funding.
If built, the new pool would be close to the high school, so swimmers could avoid bus rides to practices and home swim meets.
The Cave Creek community could also use the facilities, with the YMCA sharing maintenance costs. The high price of pool upkeep tends to prevent districts from having their own pools, Ledesma said.
"Maintenance, upkeep and insurance are very expensive. Partnering with the YMCA would save money in the long run," said Ledesma, who could not provide an estimated cost of the project.
The proposed pool is a good example of a nationwide movement to bring community centers and schools together, board member Lisa Doche said.
The project would be a multigenerational center, she said.
A committee will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. today in Room 210 at Sonoran Trails Middle School, 33606 N. 60th St., in Cave Creek to discuss whether the school district should consider a bond election to fund the pool.