2009-02-28 / Viewpoints

LET'S RESCUE THE POOL TOGETHER

By 'Brian Wahlers'

(Brian Wahlers is spokesman for a committee of citizens which has formed to advise Coudersport Borough on issues involving the community swimming pool.)

Coudersport's Save Our Area Pool (SOAP) organization has developed many suggestions we are sharing with Borough Council to ensure the future of the community swimming pool.

Now that the pool will be open for the 2009 season, we need to really focus our efforts.

A site visit by a Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources official is part of our application for a DCNR grant. We are also hoping to receive a portion of Potter County's Community Development Block Grant to help pay for handicapped accessibility improvements to the pool.

Other possible funds to be pursued are a Highmark corporate grant, a Healthy High Five grant and support from corporations such as Nike, Reebok, Pepsi, Coke, Subway, Sheetz, McDonald's, Rite-Aid, Home Depot among others.

Our committee has looked at ways to improve operations, increase pool receipts and lower expenses.

Some of the suggestions of this committee include additional signs; operational changes; cooperation with area schools, day care centers and businesses (restaurants, hotels, motels, etc.); a free swim day; tightened admission policies; advertisement and promotion; and more.

Our committee has also discussed fund-raising. Several suggestions have been developed, ranging from sales of bricks to talent shows, a golf tournament and other activities.

By having monthly fundraisers, we would keep the pool in the public's eye.

This is just the start of the committee's early work. We have received positive feedback from many people. For example, the Coudersport Area Lions Club is interested in becoming involved with the project.

If anyone has any suggestions or comments to add to the dialogue, please call me at 274-0657 or email brwahlers@yahoo.com.

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