Aquatics Center pledge campaign continues
What a unique summer the city of Glenwood Springs is experiencing. The Coal Seam Fire along with wildfires throughout our state and the national economic turndown felt as a result of the aftermath of Sept. 11 and big business deceit have certainly impacted the people of our community and the city itself. However, as all of us who live here know, Glenwood Springs does have a lot to be thankful for. The Municipal Operations Center and the Community Center were saved from the fire through the efforts of our loyal and local firefighters. The community has reached out to help those who have lost their homes. Our beautiful valley is greening up. And . the LAP – Let’s All Pledge campaign continues.
In spite of economic setbacks, Friends of the Community Center continue to push to make the addition of an Aquatic Center a reality. We are pleased to report that fund-raising efforts have been moving along. However, we have not yet accomplished our goal to get the Aquatic Center approved for construction. Friends of the Community Center report that $1,593,450 has been promised to date, including the $750,000 from the city. The Gates Family Foundation recently provided a challenge grant of $250,000 toward the project, and we are awaiting confirmation of an additional $225,000 challenge grant from the State of Colorado’s Energy Impact Funds. We know that this campaign has been a grassroots effort. The collaboration of each individual and business is needed to make a greater center for our whole community. We need everyone to take a LAP – Let’s All Pledge, to build an aquatic facility.
The Aquatics Center will feature an eight-lane 25-meter pool which offers varied public use, meets the needs of competitive swim programs and includes water play features such as fountains and slides. The design incorporates a deep end for diving, scuba, and water aerobics or polo; and zero-depth entry for the elderly, small children and rehabilitation and handicapped access. A Jacuzzi area is also planned. The estimated cost is $3.2 million.
Our campaign slogan – LAP – Let’s All Pledge – was adopted to get everyone involved. I urge you to do your part. Pledge forms can be picked up at the front desk of the Community Center or printed from the city’s website, http://www.glenwoodrec.com. For more information call 947-9835.
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