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Clearfield Pool campaign stands at $475,000
Friday, February 1, 2013
The fundraising campaign to renovate the Clearfield Community Swimming Pool has reached $475,000, just $25,000 short of the $500,000 goal, according to the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association.
In November, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, awarded the association a $500,000 matching grant for the renovation of the facility; however, to secure the full grant, the association has to reach its fundraising goal.
While the association continues work toward the goal, work has begun on the design and engineering of the renovated facility. The association is on track to have the facility renovated for the summer 2014 swimming season.
The pool association has contracted with KTH Architects Inc. of DuBois and Aquattica Pools and Waterparks Inc. of Vorheesville, N.Y. for the design phase of the project.
If the association is able to reach its fundraising goal soon, it will solicit bids for construction during the summer with actual construction taking place this fall and in the spring of 2014.
The pool will be open as usual for the summer 2013 season.
According to Brian Marshall, president of the Clearfield Swimming Pool Association, the association is pleased with the support the community has given to the project.
"We appreciate the community's support of our effort to renovate the community swimming pool.
"Since we began our fundraising campaign in summer 2011, we have received very broad support from the community. We have received hundreds of generous contributions from businesses, civic, service and fraternal organizations and many current and former Clearfield area residents."
He continued, "We are particularly pleased to receive support from businesses that may not be based in Clearfield but that are doing business in the Clearfield area."
Marshall said, at this time, the board is asking the community to help close out the fundraising campaign.
"We are conducting the fundraising campaign entirely with volunteer efforts, so every dollar contributed to the campaign goes directly to the renewal of the pool facility," according to Marshall. "With the award of the matching state grant, every contribution has double the value to the project."
He said any business or individual contributing $500 or more to the campaign will be permanently recognized on a plaque at the pool.
Recent contributions to the fundraising campaign include a $1,000 contribution from Stiffler McGraw Inc. of Hollidaysburg, consulting engineers to Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township, and a $1,000 contribution from Gwin Dobson and Foreman Inc. of Altoona, consulting engineers to the Clearfield Municipal Authority.
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