Volunteer Group to Lead Grassroots Fundraising Effort with the City Council’s approval

    In an effort to save the Lovers Point Children’s Pool, a group of dedicated volunteers and City of Pacific Grove staff have formed a coalition with the goal of raising enough money for the removal and replacement of the Pacific Grove landmark.

    Operated by the City’s Recreation Department, the pool provides swim and water safety lessons to small children and their parents, as well as employing a dedicated team of certified lifeguards and swim instructors. In late 2011, the pool was examined and found to be in need of an extensive upgrade to bring it into compliance with several local, state and federal codes. The decision was made by City Council to direct City Staff to initiate a public and private effort to raise the $250,000 needed to have the pool replaced and re-opened by the summer of 2013.

    Don Mothershead, Senior Recreation Coordinator for the City said, “The Lovers Point Children’s Pool has been an important part of Pacific Grove for over 40 years, I am continually amazed by the number of people who have been affiliated with our pool. Whether they took lessons, their kids took lessons or they worked as a lifeguard, almost everyone has a connection to the pool.”

    The City coalition will be soliciting donations and applying for grants with the hopes of reaching their goal by January of 2013, so that construction may begin soon after. All funds donated will be placed into a special account used for the sole purpose of the replacement of the pool and any ongoing operational costs such as swim scholarships and continuing maintenance.

    “The Lovers point Children’s Pool is about more than swim lessons, it’s about saving lives,” commented Bill Peake, Pacific Grove Recreation Board member. “This pool affords our community the ability to teach kids and their parents how to be safe around the water and starts them on a path to healthy living. In California, drowning is the leading cause of injury related deaths among kids under age five. It’s our duty to continue to educate our children and help to reduce those tragic statistics.”

    Donations are tax deductible and can be addressed to The City of Pacific Grove – Save the Pool Campaign, 300 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. For additional information please visit www.facebook.com/friendsofpgrec or contact Don Mothershead at (831) 648-3130 or dmothershead@ci.pg.ca.us.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 6, 2012

    Topics: Front PG News


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