2018-07-07 / News

Pool’s fate looking brighter Arboretum

By Ally Gribble
Endeavor News


Grayden Gribble (foreground) was among those beating the heat by spending an af­ternoon at the community swimming pool at Cameron County High School. A com­mittee is working on a set of recommenda­tions to improve the pool’s finances. Grayden Gribble (foreground) was among those beating the heat by spending an af­ternoon at the community swimming pool at Cameron County High School. A com­mittee is working on a set of recommenda­tions to improve the pool’s finances. Persistent temperatures in the mid-90s have sent droves of Emporium area residents to the community swimming pool at Cameron County High School over the past week.

A new diving board will be pressed into service for the first time during a ceremony at the pool at about 1:10 pm on Monday, July 16. It may be only a diving board, but it symbolizes a commitment to save the pool as a com­munity asset at a time when rising costs and diminishing revenue have threatened the facility’s future.

A 2017 study found that, over the previ­ous five years, the annual cost of the facil­ity was $36,000, while it gener­ated an average of just $4,000 annually. Parents and other community members ap­peared before the school board to urge members not to follow through on a proposal to close the pool.

Kindergarten teacher and pool director Leah Purcell took a lead role in forming a committee to draft a plan to improve the economics. So the pool remains open for the 2018 swim season and com­mittee members are continu­ing their work.

“We’re going to start with a few small ideas and make suggestions to the school board that will improve the facility and benefit the pool users,” Purcell said. “We’ll eventually submit a long-term plan to sustain the pool.”

Chances to be one of the first three people to use the new diving board can be purchased at the pool for $1.00 each.

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