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July 31, 2009

Patton nearing $100G goal to fix community pool

PATTON — When costly repairs were needed to the Patton park pool, the park commission didn’t run and hide.

They jumped right in.

Now, with $80,000 of the $100,000 tab in hand, officials are making one last push. They’ve scheduled a Splash Party on Aug. 12 to raise more cash.

Park commission member David O’Hara said the pool is important to the borough.

“Oh my, yes. We don’t have a lot going on in our town,’’ he said. “We don’t have the movies. We don’t have bowling. We do have a pool along with tennis and basketball courts. At least it’s an activity to keep the children busy and out of trouble.’’

Folks like the atmosphere there, he said, and bring their children from as far as Carrolltown and Altoona to swim.

The concrete pool dates from 1942 and the whole interior of the pool needs resurfacing or a liner installed.

“We’re going to lose it if we don’t do something with it,’’said Linda Conrad, Patton Park secretary.

If money allows, new ladders and more slides might be installed.

“The floor we have to address right now,’’ Conrad said.

Bids for the work are being reviewed.

As part of the money-raising effort, chances at the borough office are being sold for a Steelers football, complete with stamped autographs of the 2009 Super Bowl team members. The Pittsburgh Penguins also are making an unspecified contribution to the effort.

A $50,000 grant has been received for the work from the state.

Fundraising to repair the swimming pool – which began in March 2008 – has raised nearly $30,000. Events have included a New Year’s Eve Beach Ball party, a Splash Party in January at Cambria Heights High School, basket parties and a magic show.

And another fundraising event is being penciled in for Sept. 6. It will include a car show, pool bash, basket auction, chili cookoff, crafting booths and live bands.

The park commission expects the pool resurfacing work to begin in the fall, even as fundraising continues.

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