$250,000 challenge grant offered for Community Center pool | PostIndependent.com

$250,000 challenge grant offered for Community Center pool

The Gates Family Foundation has offered a $250,000 challenge grant to Friends of the Community Center through the 2 Rivers Community Foundation for construction of an aquatic complex at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this announcement of support from the Gates Family Foundation,” said Terri Miller, spokesperson for Friends of the Community Center.

In order to receive the $250,000 from the Gates Family Foundation, the total of $3.2 million needed to complete the project must be raised by Feb. 1, 2004. Borrowed funds will not count toward meeting the challenge.

“Of course, Friends of the Community Center hopes to accomplish this goal much sooner,” Miller added. “The news about the grant has strengthened the Friends commitment to continue in our fund-raising efforts following the traumatic events of the Coal Seam Fire in Glenwood Springs. This brings our total pledged to $1,575,000 and puts us within $25,000 of the halfway point.”

The Gates Family Foundation serves to encourage, initiate or support activities that promote the health and well-being of all people. Because of a deep concern for and a confidence in the future of Colorado, the foundation invests in those projects that will enhance the quality of life of those that live and work in Colorado. Since its inception in 1946, the foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $110,000,000.

The Aquatic Center project consists of building a large indoor pool connecting to the 35,000-square-foot Glenwood Springs Community Center. The 11,000-square-foot aquatic facility is designed to offer the most versatile use to the public, meet the needs of competitive swim programs and include water-play activities to attract increased leisure use. The leisure area of the pool will provide zero-depth entry, and the lap lanes will move to a depth of 12 feet. A Jacuzzi area also is planned. The facility will have handicapped access, ample deck space along with a manager’s office, lifeguard room and a storage area for equipment. The facility will have an integrated sound system, natural lighting and access to an outdoor patio.

“We hope that the announcement of this grant will motivate the public and local businesses to dive right in and join those who have already given to the project,” Miller said. For more information on the project or the LAP, or Let’s All Pledge, fund-raising progress, contact Friends of the Community Center committee spokesperson Terri Miller at 947-9835.

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