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Preview of Coudersport pool


Todd Husson (left) was welcomed by Coudersport Rotary Club president Ruth Sallade and long-time Rotarian George Hults. He presented an update on construction of a new community swimming pool. Todd Husson (left) was welcomed by Coudersport Rotary Club president Ruth Sallade and long-time Rotarian George Hults. He presented an update on construction of a new community swimming pool. A preview of the new

Coudersport Community Swimming Pool was presented to the local Rotary Club this week by one of the driving forces behind the project.

Borough Councilman Todd Husson described what’s in store when the new pool opens over the Memorial Day weekend if all goes as planned.

Husson said it will be much more than a rectangular tank of water. It will have a “beach-style entry” with incremental depth, sprinklers in the shallower area where younger children will congregate.

Meanwhile, the deeper end – reduced from 9 feet to 5 or 6 feet -- will be able to accommodate diving, but there will be no diving board.

The bath house and concession stand will be renovated with new appliances. All areas of the pool complex will be handicapped-accessible.

Husson emphasized that a high priority for Borough Council and the pool management is swimming instruction, with lessons to be made available regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

Season tickets will be available, as well as monthly and daily rates.

Tickets remain on sale for the pool gala fundraiser at 6 pm Saturday,

March 30, at the Coudersport Firehall.

The pool was shut down after the 2016 season when its structural deficiencies could no longer be patched over.

Premier Pool Renovations was awarded the $661,000 contract by Coudersport Borough Council to build the new pool.

A $250,000 state grant was initially approved. Community members pulled together and raised the required $250,000 match to qualify for the state funds. A separate $25,000 Pennsylvania Greenways grant was later obtained.

Council still must find a way to cover the shortfall. The total project cost has risen since the planning process began.

E&M Engineers and Surveyors has been advising the borough and prepared the bid specifications.

The pool, which traces its roots to 1953, served the community for more than six decades.

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