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Renewed fight to keep Davey Lopes Pool open

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

The Davey Lopes pool remains empty, even though many in the community want it reopened.

At City Hall, though bids were opened on mayor Taveras's plan to fill the pool with concrete and build a water–spray park, instead.

Many are outraged, because minorities have a much higher rate of drowning.

"Black children die three times more than white children because they don't have access to pools. So this pool, there's just a huge concern that they are going to cement the pool," said Leah Williams Metts who lives in the neighborhood.

So a diverse group gathered to oppose the Mayor.

The Black Contractors Association; various city council members; and the state Republican Party are all giving money to fix the pool.

"We just can't believe that the Mayor is doing something so stupid as even considering closing a pool that's used by they kids. It's really needed by the kids to learn how to swim," said Dave Talan, Secretary of the Rhode Island Republican Party.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Advocates for repairing the Davey Lopes Pool now say it will actually be cheaper to fix it and fill it with water, than it would be to fill the pool with cement."

The City Council will try to override the Mayor's decision to close the pool.

"I mean it makes no sense to me, why you want to continue to fill in this pool, when one, we have the money to fix it. And two we even have the money to bring in a water park next to it," said City Councilman Davian Sanchez of Ward 11.

"I believe that we made the right decision. I hear that some people don't agree. Guess what. I am the Mayor of the City of Providence. My responsibility is to the whole full city," said Mayor Angel Taveras, (D) Providence.

The Mayor says it will be cheaper to build a water spray park, than to repair and staff the pool.


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