A Providence city councilman claims the mayor made the decision to close the Davey Lopes pool as political retribution for the councilman not voting for the city's budget.
"The politics is that I didn't vote for the budget. I voted against it … (Providence Mayor Angel Taveras) wanted me to vote in favor of the budget and he would keep my pool," said councilman Davian Sanchez.
Taveras denied Sanchez's claim.
"That's absolutely not true. My focus has been on using the money to have a summer camp that allows more kids to be involved," he said.
Parents say the Davey Lopes pool is a neighborhood asset that keeps their kids safe.
"This was my first job here and I taught kids how to swim. I believe that our children deserve the same," said neighbor Leah Williams Metts.
Metts said the pool keeps teens out of trouble during the summer.
"Because that's what happened to me. I came to this pool. I wasn't on the streets, wasn't doing drugs, wasn't into crime, none of that. I was at this pool from open to close and I just believe that it really helped me shape my life as a leader," she said.
Sanchez said the city has $100,000 set aside for the pool. State Republicans on Monday offered to give $1,000 a month if it reopens. Also, members of the Black Contractors Association of Rhode Island offered their services free of charge to help fix it.
But, so far, the mayor is sticking with his plan to close it.
Bids were opened at City Hall on Monday and three companies said they could fill in the pool.
This city is expected to pick a winning bid in about two weeks, however Sanchez says the council is working on stopping the mayor's plan.
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