Keep the Pool Cool – fundraising event for Spring Grove SWIM Center
Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:42 PM
What better way to spend hot summer days than in the cool refreshing water of a pool. Spring Grove is lucky to have a wonderful pool facility that interests people of all ages with the zero-depth entry pool, exciting drop slides, long, winding flume slides, a “ship” toddler slide, and a diving board for doing dives and flips. There are also plenty of places for relaxation under the large umbrellas. When hunger hits the busy swimmer, they can visit the Snack Shack for delicious snacks and treats to be re-energized for more swimming fun.
The Friends of the Pool are hosting a fundraising event at Red’s Hometown Market on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Spring Grove SWIM Center officially opened for swimmers on Sunday, June 11, 2006. The day before, there was a Grand Opening for the community to come and see the new facility, enjoy live music, and delicious food.
Many children and adults have spent hours and hours of swimming fun at the SWIM Center since it first opened. Many, many children have honed their swimming skills through group and private lessons with many going on to become lifeguards. People have become more fit as they participate in the water aerobics classes or the lap swim time. It has benefited many teens because it has given them a summer job in a fun atmosphere. The pool has truly affected many people.
This year, more than 380 people have signed up for swimming lessons at the SWIM Center. “The number keeps growing every day,” commented SWIM Center manager, Michaela Neuzil.
“Two new lifeguard chairs have been added this year which have been very useful on our hot, busy days,” added Neuzil. The SWIM Center also employs 34 people. The SWIM Center is considering extending their season this year later into August depending on availability of lifeguards and staff.
The cost of such a quality facility was not small. Many people donated money at the very beginning to help offset the cost of the facility. A group has gathered again to help raise money for the pool so that the loan may be paid off earlier than scheduled.
In 2012, the city of Spring Grove took out a bond for $1.435 million (previously, there was a lease with the EDA). The principle that has been paid on the bond is $180,000. Interest in the amount of $77,219 has also been paid. The bond’s principle balance is $1.255 million. The next payment is due Aug. 1, 2014, and the Friends of the Pool’s goal with the upcoming fundraiser is to increase the amount paid on the bond.
The Friends of the Pool are hosting a fundraising event at Red’s Hometown Market on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are raising funds to ‘keep the pool cool’…raising money to have a fund for maintenance of the facility plus to help make a larger payment on the loan payment that is due in August.
Three local businesses – Merchants Bank, Red's Hometown Market, and Spring Grove Lions Club – have already made cash donations totaling $7,000. Friends of the Pool are asking the community to rally together and make donations to match this amount and even more!
At the Keep the Pool Cool fundraiser, Red’s Hometown Market will be serving their delicious pork burgers with chips. Spring Grove Soda will have a booth set up selling their delightful soda as well as ice cream floats. There will also be face painting, a dunk tank, beanbag toss and more games! A fun event for families with money raised going to a splashingly good cause!
There will also be a silent auction. Gift baskets and items can be donated. Silent auction items can be dropped off at Spring Grove Communications or Red’s Hometown Market during business hours. For more information about the silent auction, contact Jacqui VanMinsel at Spring Grove Communications, (507) 498-3456.
“This event is all about kids and keeping the pool in the best shape possible,” commented Pat Longmire, Friends of the Pool committee member. “We want to do a fundraising event annually so that we can help pay off the pool earlier than planned and to also have a fund to help with the maintenance of this great facility.”
Red’s Hometown Market is located on the east side of Spring Grove on Main Street. Check their Face Book page for updates on the fundraiser, www.facebook.com/redsiga. Questions can also be directed to Pat Longmire, RedsIGA@springgrove.coop.
Donations to the pool can be made during the Keep the Pool cool fundraising event or dropped off at City Hall, Red’s Hometown Market, or to Lorilyn Dehning (fundraising committee member and city council member). Donations are tax deductible. Ideally, the fundraising committee would like to receive donations before Aug. 1, 2014, so that most can be put toward the next pool loan payment. However, donations will be accepted at any time. Please clearly indicate that the donation is for the SWIM Center.
There are a limited number of donation tiles available for purchase with a donation that is displayed in the entry hallway at the SWIM Center. These tiles are engraved and permanently on display. Different sized tiles are available based on the amount of the donation. Donations of $250 to $999 could receive a 6”x3” tile. Donations of $1,000 to $9,999 could receive a 6”x6” tile. If interested in purchasing one of these limited tiles, contact Dehning at Lorilyn.dehning@POET.com.
The Spring Grove SWIM Center is located on the east side of Spring Grove on Maple Drive. It is open Mondays to Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays it is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Regular admission is $4 for all day, seniors (62 +) are free, and kids (2 and under) are free. To contact the SWIM Center, call (507) 498-SWIM (7946). Updates are also posted on their Face Book page, www.facebook.com/Spring-Grove-SWIM-Center.