Mayor Don Wesely today announced the start of the Kuklin Kids Campaign to raise $48,000 by January 31, 2002 to strengthen swimming programs at Kuklin Pool, 2300 "N" Street. Former Mayor Helen Boosalis and Lincoln High School teacher Mike Fultz are co-chairing the campaign.
"The money will be used for programs to encourage underprivileged kids to learn to swim and to encourage low-income families, especially immigrant families, to use Kuklin Pool for family recreation," said Mayor Wesely. "In addition to Helen and Mike’s excellent leadership, we have 19 co-sponsors, 10 kick-off donors and a great campaign committee to help us reach our goal." More than $30,000 has already been raised.
Because of low attendance, pending expensive repairs, and future relocation due to the Antelope Valley Project, the Parks and Recreation Department proposed closing the pool, which is more than 25 years old. Because of the tremendous community support for the pool, Mayor Wesely put the operational funds for the pool back into the city budget. About $8,000 of the money raised through the campaign will be used to improve amenities at the pool.
"We hope this campaign will improve attendance and build loyalties to Kuklin Pool," said Mayor Wesely. "If that happens, it could help to further extend the life of the pool. The city wants to do everything reasonable to keep Kuklin Pool open."
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Kuklin Kids Campaign, Parks and Recreation Foundation, 2740 "A" Street, Lincoln, NE 68502.