Mayor Don Wesely today thanked two local organizations for their donations to help increase attendance at Kuklin Pool, 2300 "N" Street. A neighbor of the pool, 1st Choice Credit Union at 2500 "N" Street, is donating $1,000. Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal life insurance society, is donating $1,500 and has committed volunteer hours to the pool. The contributions were made to the Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Because of its low attendance, pending expensive repairs, and future relocation due to the Antelope Valley Project, Kuklin Pool was initially proposed to close. Mayor Wesely announced last week that because of the tremendous community support for the pool, he put the operational funds for the pool back into his proposed budget. The City Council will have a public hearing on the city budget for 2001-2001 August 6.
The Parks and Recreation Department is working with community groups on a program to get more neighborhood residents to use and be active in the pool program.
"The fact that these private organizations came forward to support this neighborhood pool tells me that this community places a high value on providing recreational opportunities for all," said Mayor Wesely. "These dollars will fund items and activities that will get more kids in the pool, such as swimwear, swim passes and scholarships for young people to participate in swimming lessons, a swim team and a junior lifeguard program."
A free "Family Splash" event to show support for the pool is set for 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28th at the pool. A rally with speakers is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Those wanting more information on the event can contact Parks and Recreation at 441-7847.