CLEARFIELD - The dog days of summer may seem fair away; right now the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association is preparing for fun in the sun.
The association has received a grant worth $500,000 from DCNR. In order to secure the grant, the association has the challenge of raising $500,000. At this time, they are well on their way and have raised over $450,000.
For pool association president, Brian Marshall the grant and expected improvements are exciting. He says the pool is a project he enjoys working on and he has fond memories of working at the Clearfield Pool. Now, the place needs some work.
With the money Marshall says, "we are going to resurface the rest of the pool area, add a dual water slide. It will be 17 feet for older children and a smaller one for younger.We are going to replace the wading pool."
Marshall says other additions will also be made like replacing the cemete deck and improving the locker rooms. There is no word on when the project will be complete. They were thrilled to send out this release:
Clearfield Swimming Pool Association Receives Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Clearfield, PA - Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association has been awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate and modernize the Clearfield Community Swimming Pool. The Association has been working to raise the $500,000 in matching funds required to secure the grant, and, to date, has raised over $450,000. The Association is planning a $1 million dollar renovation project that will include the addition of a dual waterslide, modern wading pool and splash pad, resurfacing the pool bottom, replacing the pool deck and perimeter fencing, and updating the restroom and changing room facilities. The project will also bring the pool into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other building and bathing codes.
Brian Marshall, President of the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association, said he is pleased that DCNR recognized the importance of the pool to the Clearfield community. "For 46 years, the Community Pool has provided the citizens and families of the Clearfield area with a safe place to spend their summers. With the grant from DCNR and the contributions of the community, we will be able to position the pool to continue to be an important community resource for decades to come. Our goal is to have the pool renovated for the 2014 summer swimming season; however, to make that happen, we need the community to help us close out our local fundraising campaign so that we have the required funds to match the state grant."
DCNR is the primary source of state support for Pennsylvania recreation, parks, and conservation initiatives. Grant funding from DCNR assists hundreds of communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to plan, acquire, and develop recreation and park facilities, create trails, and conserve open space.
"Our grant investments work to bolster our vision for the strength of our economy, the vibrancy of our communities, the health of our families and our quality of life in Pennsylvania," DCNR Secretary Richard Allan said. "These grants allow us to partner with communities so that they can expand and improve the wonderful assets that make the places we call home vital and attractive."
Funding for the grant comes from the Environmental Stewardship Fund. Contributions to the local fundraising campaign to match the state grant may be made payable to the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association, and sent to P.O. Box 291, Clearfield, PA 16830. The Clearfield Swimming Pool Association is a United Way agency and is a charitable organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
If interested in donation checks can be made out to: Clearfield Swimming Pool Association and sent to: PO Box 291 Clearfield, PA 16830.