The Elver Park area is in need of something. The pool is one possibility, especially given that the funding exists. Otherwise, a community center with activities open to both higher and lower income residents is needed, especially with children's activities. The pool or some other type of facility would provide a real opportunity to bring this neighborhood together. It's a diverse neighborhood where people in Section 8 or Section 42 housing live side-by-side with people in half-million dollar or more homes.
The west side is generally not lacking in low income residents. As stated in the previous post, the Elver Park area is rich with Section 42 and low-rent (at least compared to other rents, though seemingly not affordable) housing. The area just east of Elver Park has the highest volume of Section 8 voucher usage in the city, as well. However the west side is lacking in appropriate recreational activities for these residents. While I see the advantages of a centrally located pool and the reason some may desire to place it at Warner Park, I think that Elver Park needs to be given serious consideration, and if it's determined that the pool will go elsewhere, the area still needs some attention.
Many people think the west side is a bunch of rich, white folks who live in expensive condos or homes and drive expensive cars. Spend a couple of hours at Elver Park or the Kwik Trip up the street from there, and you will see the diversity. You'll also see all of the children who get into trouble because of the lack of appropriate activity available nearby.
Please feel free to disagree. I know there are good reasons to consider each location, but please don't forget the west side as the decisions are made.