Willows Save The Pool

Apr 3, 2010 8:47 PM

"I get to see all my friends here, we all swim and have fun together and jump off the diving board and everything else," Willows resident Anthony Norton said.

But that fun may soon be going down the drain. The struggling economy has the Willows City Budget stretched so thin, general funding for the city pool is in jeopardy.

"I can almost guarantee if the community doesn't step forward and support the pool that it will not be here in 2011," Willows Recreation Director Carol Lemenager explained.

Almost five-thousand people swim at the pool each summer. It is open Monday through Saturday during the months of June, July and August. The pool costs about seven-hundred dollars a day to operate. That includes paying four or five lifeguards, chemicals, and electricity. Lemenager says if fifteen-hundred people donate twenty dollars each, the city will be able to keep the pool open for a summer. "We're not asking for much, please step forward and be one of the 15-hundred."

The public pool opened in the 50's and many say it would be a shame to see it close. Businesses in town sponsor about twenty "free swim days" a summer. Otherwise, daily admission is a dollar-fifty. "People wouldn't have as much fun in Willows, it would be one less place to be at," Norton stated.

The pool will operate this summer. If you would like to make a donation, just mail or drop off a check or cash at the Willows City Hall at 201 North Lassen Street.


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