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$500,000 grant for Clearfield Pool
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thanks to a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association has been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate and modernize the Clearfield Community Swimming Pool. The association has been working to raise the $500,000 in matching funds to secure the grant, and to date, has raised more than $400,000.
The association is planning a $1 million renovation that will include the addition of a dual waterslide, modern wading pool and splash pad, resurfacing the pool bottom, replacing the pool deck and perimeter fencing, and updating the restroom and changing room facilities. The project will also bring the pool into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other building and bathing codes.
Brian Marshall, president of the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association, said he is pleased that DCNR recognized the importance of the pool to the Clearfield community.
"For 46 years, the community pool has provided the citizens and families of the Clearfield area with a safe place to spend their summers. With the grant from DCNR and the contributions of the community, we will be able to position the pool to continue to be an important community resource for decades to come. Our goal is to have the pool renovated for the 2014 summer swimming season. However, to make that happen, we need the community to help us close out our local fundraising campaign so that we have the required funds to match the state grant," Marshall said.
DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails and conserve open space.
"Our grant investments work to bolster our vision for the strength of our economy, the vibrancy of our communities, the health of our families and our quality of life in Pennsylvania," DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. "These grants allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vital and attractive.
Funding for the grant comes from the Environmental Stewardship Fund. Contributions to the local fundraising campaign to match the state grant may be made payable to the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association, and sent to P.O. Box 291, Clearfield, PA 16830.
The Clearfield Swimming Pool Association is a United Way agency and is a charitable organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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