When I see Statia’s public swimmingpool I always start to dream. Most of the time you see it there, invitingly dark fresh turquois, with the sandstone hot path surrounding it. Pueblo kind of building, cold and fresh inside where the lockers are. Only needs a veranda, a roof outside. It doesn’t work with the few parasols they have there, it needs a structural roofing.
And then I dream of all the swimminglessons that can take place there, year round. All of the school children can swim once a week and get their swimmingdiploma’s. A swimming culture could start, with games and competitions and active participations and organizations of regional and international competitions.
By the way, my guess is 60% of the grown ups can’t swim and with the healthrisks of diabetes getting adult people to come swim and get their diploma’s can be a great opportunity for fun and activities for young and old on the island.