The Transylvania Times -

Indoor Pool Before A Depot


October 8, 2018

Thanks to the Transylvania County Recreation Department for providing an additional opportunity for community feedback regarding the proposed plan for Silvermont. Choosing the department’s headquarters on Ecusta Road was inspired — those of us with no youngsters had a chance to see large numbers of young people engaged in a variety of activities.

The visual and oral presentation by Jared Mull and his community representatives was clear and attendees were encouraged to ask questions and offer written comments. I have been most concerned about the proposed removal of basketball and tennis courts, but the department feels the current number of public courts at Silvermont is inadequate for our population. The proposed plans seem designed principally to emphasize the house and its garden-like setting. The county and a dedicated group of volunteers have invested considerable capital to restore both the interior and exterior of Silvermont. Programming has been enhanced and the increased class offerings as well as special events such as the HalloweenFest, draw in far more people of all age. Regular tours provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the history of our community.

But when we look around our public spaces such as South Broad Park, our library and parts of Silvermont, it is obvious that a lack of staff is struggling to keep up with the demands of maintaining these areas. New plantings are well-designed, but they require constant upkeep and replacement.

Rather than increasing maintenance with the proposed reconstruction of the old depot and extensive redesign of Silvermont’s grounds, I believe the city and county governments should shift priorities and work together to fund a public indoor-outdoor pool for all of Transylvania’s residents. Citizens — young and old — would greatly benefit from the exercise and simple joy of a year-round public pool. It seems to me to be the one most obvious lack in our very extensive and well-run recreation department.

Jane Carter

Pisgah Forest


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