#Neighborhood Living
City of Marietta, Georgia
United States of America

A once proud and thriving cultural development venue, the Lawrence Street Recreation Center has been neglected by the city for years.

While municipal projects went forward elsewhere, our African-American families stood to lose generations of tradition with activities already diminished by the lack of appropriate funding where it is needed most.

Swimming is not only fun, but also a safety skill that disproportionately affects African-Americans from a history that needs no clarification. It is time for Lawrence Street Recreation Center to be re-developed with a full set of amenities of a first class, indoor facility.

We realize that Lawrence Street recreational facility is vital to all citizens of Marietta regardless of race or color, even though it is the African American community that has sought to initiate this endeavor, all are welcome to join.

Note: Cullen Jones, was only the second African-American to ever win a swimming gold medal even though black people are less than 1% of the competitive swimmers. It can't change by closing pools and closing opportunities in our own neighborhoods.

Sign this petition and tell the city that we are not only going to be counted in the Census, but also in our local government on every issue from now on, starting with this one.

Save our Pride. Save our Pool.

We, the undersigned, call on the City Council and Mayor of Marietta to develop the Lawrence Street Recreation Center into a world-class recreation facility that will include an indoor pool and other amenities and that the current and future plans be discussed in a series of public forums to commence no later than July 2010, and that those plans are specifically approved by the community who are historically the users of that facility.

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The Save our Pride, Save our Pool petition to City of Marietta, Georgia was written by GeorgiaEthics and is in the category Neighborhood Living at GoPetition.