We now have a hard working committee of 10 members working on plans for our pool. We hold meetings on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 at Town Hall.
We have reviewed the evaluation of the pool from the Town of Lakeview Recreation & Community Facility study of 2002. The Pool Committee descided that we should concentrate on saving the pool; salvaging the existing pool with a few modifications to bring us in line with existing rules and regulations.
We are working on a concept of pouring new cement walls inside the existing structure. This will give us a longer life than the original idea of a liner. We are working with reducing the lane length from 35 yards to a regulation 25 yards, and reducing the lanes from 7 to 6. Some of the many items to be considered are revamping the heat well, new mechanical equipment and filters.
At our next meeting, we hope to have the cost put together for our final design so we can make a deadline from grant applications. Teh campaign for donations has been very successful. We have received over $8,000 in donation. I would like to remind everyone that the donations are tax deductable. The money collected from donations will be used for match finding on any grants received. We are projecting the cost of our project will be close to $500,000, meaning we will need approximately $50,000 in matching funds. We hae a ways to go in fund raising, but we as a committee remain confident the goal will be reached.
Thank you to all who have donated. Check back for progress on the pool project.
Mayor Mike Patrick
SAVE OUR POOL
Lake County Examiner 8/8/2012
Mayor leads campaign for Save Our Pool Fund
Mayor Mike Patrick is currently leading a campaign to raise funds for needed renovation work to the Town of Lakeview Swimming Pool.
Known as the 'Save Our Pool' campaign, the goal is to raise ample dollars through donations to fund overdue work on the pool. Over the years, patch work and stop gap repairs have been made to the facility, but the Mayor said that time is running out on the longevity forefront.
"Our pool is 60 years old," he said. "It was donated to the Town of Lakeview on May 31, 1952, by the citizens of Lakeview and Lakeview Lions Club."
Mayor Patrick said the pool's original cost was $85,000 and took 18 months to build.
Over the course of six decades, many repairs have been made in the cosmetic arena, but over time the cement walls have deteriorated, the drains are rotting nd the sand-based filters are now obsolete technology.
The Mayor said he spoke with individuals familiar with pool renovation at the 2011 League of Oregon Cities Conference. The minimum estimate to renovate Lakeview's pool comes in right around $100,000 to meet its ongoning needs.
"The Town, like everybody, we just don't have that kind of money," Mayor Patrick said, explaining the premise behind the campaign. "We're pretty infantile right now, but it's working so far."
The Mayor said that about $1,000 had been raised to date through private donations, which have funneled in from former residents now residing in locations as varied as Alaska, Texas and Vermont.
"They all come with a note (that says), 'Hope this helps, I loved my summers in Lakeview,'" Mayor Patrick said.
Any and all donations are welcomed for the cause, be they private or corporate, as they are tax deductible, the mayor said, who expressed an interest in speaking at local public service clubs' meetings to get the word out on the effort.
In addition to pool improvements, the mayor said a goal is to move the park bathrooms to a more accesible area versus their current spot on the hillside. Additional thoughts include implementation of an amphitheater in the Town's park.
"It's going to take a combination of every thing" Mayor Patrick said, regarding grant opportunities in addition to donations.
Discussions with the Town's public works department indicated that the pool likely has one more full season under its current comsmetic repairs and beyond that closure may be necessary due to safety concerns.
The hope is to come up with a permanent solution within 18 months. Updates on the efforts will be posted on the Town's website as they become available. Historical photos of the pool's early days are posted.
For more information, contact Town Hall at (541) 947-2029
Swimming Buddies enjoying some fun in the sun
Lifeguards Alana Leet, Payton Hamilton and Mikayla Barry
Photos courtesy of Madisyn P
Pool Dedication 1952
Town of Lakeview 525 N. 1st Street Lakeview, OR 97630 541-947-2029
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