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>Reader says : Times have changed. Today’s parents aren’t into sitting out at Graydon for hours while their kids play in the water.

>Here’s my take on Graydon.

Numbers have been declining steadily over the years, and the prevailing reasons given for people dropping out are the appearance of unsanitary conditions. The natural sand-bottomed pool gives it the look of a grungy lake, rather than the crystal blue waters that we prefer the look of. The presence of wildfowl probably doesn’t help. either.

While these might be valid reasons, I don’t believe that we would see a significant increase in numbers if we went ahead, spent millions, and ended up with a crystal-clean looking waterpark.

Why ?

Times have changed. Today’s parents aren’t into sitting out at Graydon for hours while their kids play in the water. There will still be the concerns over the perceptions of germ-filled water. Today’s families are more into backyard pools, where the parents can still go about their home-based lifestyles while their kids play.

As for Graydon, I say convert it into non-water recreation, such as mini-golf, volleyball courts, and a kiddie playpark.

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