You can mix preservation awareness with a day at the pool tonight, with the Lansing Bike Party.
The Moores Park Pool, despite being open all summer for swimming from 5-7 p.m., has been neglected for repairs and maintenance as of late, according to the Lansing Bike Party. Chelsea Bindler, a member of the group, has helped to organize an event on Wednesday, July 26 to raise awareness about the pool’s neglect.
“We’re trying to promote awareness of the pool and pavilion and promote the preservation and restoration of both,” said Bindler.
The party will feature a planned a bike ride from the Lansing Bike Co-op to the pool, down the River Trail. Participants are encouraged to bring a swimsuit, towel and ID, with the option of toting along picnic supplies. The first biking group will leave from the Co-op at 5:30 p.m., followed by a second at 6 p.m.
A presentation about Moores Park will be held at the stage between 6 and 6:15 p.m. After that, the pool is fair game. At 7 p.m., LUVS will perform and the Lansing Bike Party will distribute flyers about Moores Park Pavilion and Pool with information about how to help. They hope to gather signatures for a petition to save the structures.
“The pool basically has a bunch of repairs that it needs,” said Chelsea Bindler, who is organizing the bike-riding portion of the event. “It’s unclear if any sort of funding is allocated or planned for the pool or the pavilion.”
River Town Adventures offers LED-lighted kayaking tonight as well, to paddle back into town after the performance by LUVS. Bindler said she hopes participants will use the bike ride not only as a get-together, but to educate themselves about the pool and pavilion.
“They both have a lot of history in the community. The pool is the oldest ‘Bintz pool’ that’s surviving. The pool was built in 1922,” Bindler said. “It has a lot of history in Lansing. It’s also free to use, and is open all summer. Both of the structures have a lot of value to the community and to the people who use the park.”