In support of Barry Brebner

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in support of Mr. Brebner’s suggestion for re-activating the Quarries’ high diving board.

As a teenager growing up in Stratford, a highlight of the summer was when we could arrange a trip to the Quarries. I can not stress this enough; by far the most popular aspect of the Facility was its high diving board; twice the height of the high diving board at the Stratford Lion’s Pool.

The low board was also a special feature. In fact, I don’t remember any cliff diving, although it might have been available.

Now the Quarries is just a shadow of its former self. I doubt if many out-of-towners are making special trips to St. Marys to enjoy this Facility.

Mr. Brebner’s suggestion of a permanent raft for the high diving board makes such perfect sense. The water depth would be sufficient, and proper engineering should solve any other safety and operational concerns. In fact I would expand the raft to allow for a low diving board as well.

I don’t know the cost of this improvement, but it can’t be more than the numbers being requested for other discretionary ventures.

If the Town wants to increase attendance at the Quarries, and provide an improved Facility for its residents, re-introduce the diving boards.

Henry Monteith

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