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COMMENTS BY COOK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2002

"NEIGHBORHOOD EFFORT A SUCCESS FOR IRVINGDALE POOL"


Jonathan Cook, Chair of the Lincoln City Council (and Council Representative from the Southwest District), announced today the successful effort by neighborhood residents to extend the daily hours and the operating season of Irvingdale Pool after cuts were made earlier this year because of a tight City budget.

Jonathan Cook gave $5,000 of his research and constituent services funding to help the pool. "I am honored to be a part of this cooperative effort between the neighborhoods, the City and the business community to benefit Lincoln's children."

In 2002, due to loss in sales tax revenue, the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department made cuts to most neighorhood public pools, saving approximately $100,000. Weekday hours were reduced from seven to five hours a day (closing time 6:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m.), and two weeks were cut from the end of the season (with a last day of Aguust 4th instead of August 18th). One pool in each of the City's quadrants remains open from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and continues operation through August 18th.

In response to the loss in pool time, Donna Baddeley and her children rallied to keep Irvingdale Pool open during the evening and also through August 18th. They circulated a petition and solicited private contributions. The fundraising efforts were aided on July 12th with the pledge of $5,000 from Jonathan Cook

Irvingdale Pool will now be open daily through the regular end of the season, August 18th, with evening hours available many of the weekdays. Specific information can be obtained by calling Irvingdale Pool at 441-7828.

For more information contact Jonathan Cook at 441-7515.



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