Making a Splash!

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Making a Splash!

What’s bigger than a breadbox, has been closed for six years, was a huge source of entertainment and fun for people of all ages, and is soon reopening this spring? The answer would be our community pool! For years the school district has been working hard to re-open this place that hasn’t felt a splash or heard the joyous yell of a little kid jumping into a pool for the first time in six years. But with generous donations from the city of Stevenson and Skamania County, this will become reality once again.

In the past the pool was a great addition to the community but it cost the school more money than it could handle. The pool was closed in 2011 but was still being maintained for the last six years. Ever since its closure the pool has had chlorine added every week, “The water has to be constantly circulated that way the water is kept in good condition and there is no damage to the pool,” said consultant JP Moss. Keeping the pool maintained was costly;”$25,000 every year to keep the water in and chlorine circulated,” explained Moss. But it was slowly building up to the return of the pool. The city and county and community alike have wanted this back since the day it closed. Stevenson-Carson School District and Superintendent Karen Douglass have been working hard at getting this reopened. Specialized consultant (Moss) has been hired to help form a new business plan to keep the building up and running but considerably cheaper than it previously was. The plan will focus on not only increasing revenues by providing the type of programs that are desired by the community but by also reducing the expenses by monitoring every part of the plan as it unfolds into action.

Moss is shooting for the pool to reopen in late spring. Until that time he will be monitoring and advising every and all of the projects that will be orchestrated to speed up the progress of opening the pool. He will also gather data on what types of activities to add to the pool. “There will be around 15 to 20 life guard positions opened and there will also be a concessions and fitness instructor position” stated Douglass.

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