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Marshall gives update on Clearfield Pool drive
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
In 1965 the first gift drive to build the Clearfield Community Pool was organized. Today, another drive is well under way to update the pool for the 21st century.
"The campaign is going very well," said board president Brian Marshall. He noted that the goal was recently raised from $400,000 to $500,000 and they are at 90 percent of that goal, or $450,000.
The pool has been home to many people and families over the years. Not only has it been a place to spend a summer afternoon, many people in the area learned to swim at the pool, and others participated in the Clearfield Community Pool swim team.fpbreak
In 2011 the association started soliciting ideas for what the community would like to see in an upgraded pool. Ideas included slides, play areas, picnic areas, a new splash pad for the little tykes and so on.
The fundraising campaign began shortly after and the community has responded well, allowing the goal to be raised. An application was also submitted to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a $500,000 matching grant. Marshall said they expect to hear an announcement about those awards within the next month or so.
But the pool still needs your help. There is still $50,000 to go to reach the $500,000 mark of promised community donations. Marshall said he has met with the engineer and architect and they are poised to sign contracts if the grant comes through. The matching funding, the $500,000 being raised by the community, is essential as well.
Currently, Marshall said the timeline, which depends on the DCNR grant, remains the same. Design would take place through the winter and spring and bidding would happen through the spring and summer of 2013.
Construction would then begin next fall and finish before Memorial Day in 2014, allowing the pool to open for the season with minimal or no disruption.
Recently some work has taken place at the pool with new roofing on the buildings courtesy of students from the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center.
The pool is an independent operation, which normally operates on memberships, contributions and fundraisers.
The fundraising campaign is a separate effort to update the pool for future generations.
The Clearfield Community Pool Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, therefore any donations are tax deductible.
To make a donation, or for more information, write to: Clearfield Swimming Pool Association, P.O. Box 291, Clearfield, PA 16830 or call 765-4951.
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