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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coudersport Pool In Financial Need Or Pool Will Close Forever


Dear friends of the Borough of Coudersport Pool

Since 1953 the residents, recreation board, Coudersport school district and Borough of Coudersport have been able to support and maintain the only community pool in Potter County. Our pool is the only pool in the county and the only place to offer swimming lessons. Over this time period hundreds of children in our community and surrounding communities have been able to learn the life skills of water safety. Unfortunately, over time the facility has run its course of viability. The Coudersport Borough pool must now be renovated, overhauled, or tragically abandoned.

Currently there is a 50/50 matching grant available to renovate the Coudersport Borough Pool; however, we would need a total of $500,000 to accomplish this renovation, half of which would need to be raised by the community. This would be the approximate cost for a basic family-friendly community pool that complies with all the state mandated regulations, standards and engineering.

Donations are needed by April 1st to match this 50/50 grant. Donations and donation commitments can be dropped off at the borough office. Individuals donating $2,500 will receive a lifetime pool pass.

Over the past 8 years concerned community members have raised around $35,000 in funds to maintain some of the infrastructure costs and ADA compliance issues that needed to be addressed to keep the pool from closing. Currently, that fund contains around $24,000 to maintain, renovate, and comply with regulations to maintain the pool. This money is not used to run the day-to-day operations of the pool, which yearly runs a deficit in the tens of thousands of dollars. This deficit, in large part, is accrued from the maintenance of running an antiquated facility, as well as the elimination of the recreation board and significant reduction in contributions from the Coudersport school district.

In my estimation, this will be the last time the community will have an opportunity to have a matching grant that would afford the community a newly renovated facility. This once in-a-generation-opportunity, will provide our children and those in the surrounding communities a safe place to play and learn life skills of water safety. Should funds not be obtained to match the grant the pool with close forever.

Thanks again for your consideration in protecting the children of Potter County,

Todd Husson

Borough Council Ward 1.
Hustod04@hotmail.com
(570) 337-8135