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Public Pools in Peril? (2015)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-08-21

Duration: 00:06:29

Subjects: SWIMMING POOLS | Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Producer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • McKnight, Carolyn Interviewee
  • Bester, Alfreda Tillman Interviewee
  • Jacobs, Bob Interviewee


This segment from the August 21, 2015, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Dorothy Kendrick’s report on the closure of four of the seven community swimming pools in East Baton Rouge Parish operated by BREC, including the pool at Gus Young Park. Her report touches on: the high cost of maintaining community swimming pools; the efforts to raise money to reopen the swimming pool at Gus Young Park; BREC giving grants to the YMCA to teach swimming lessons to children from low income areas; and the other services available through the BREC system. She interviews: Carolyn McKnight, BREC superintendent; Alfreda Tillman Bester, an attorney for the Louisiana chapter of the NAACP; and Bob Jacobs, the CEO of the Capital Area YMCA. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford