by Jordan Green

Political horse-trading

After the Greensboro City Council’s 5-4 vote to approve the aquatic center took place on Dec. 15, atlarge Councilman Robbie Perkins stationed himself outside the door to accept the thanks of members of the swim community. District 1 Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small, who was critical of the council’s decision to transfer the aquatic center from the auspices of the parks and recreation department to the Greensboro Coliseum, pulled him aside.

“Now you’ve got to do something for me,” she said.

Bellamy-Small said later that she would like the city to consider buying the YWCA building across from Center City Park to house the city’s consolidated youth programs, which include Greensboro Youth Council, the human relations department’s youth leadership program and the Folk Teen Center.

Whether the community will enjoy access to the newly approved Aquatic Center has been a point of contention. Bellamy-Small said the YWCA has a pool that “is still in excellent working order.”

“That would enhance our inventory of indoor swimming facilities that we control,” she said.

Of the current council members, Bellamy-Small said the only one she has discussed the idea with is Perkins.

“I need to find out if this present council would like to see if it would be put into some budget considerations this next year,” she said. “The first thing is to see if we can acquire the property.”

Bellamy-Small estimates that the property is worth anywhere from $1.5 million to $3 million.