Friday, February 9, 2001
C-C swimming pool committee reports progress
Concord-Carlisle Swimming Pool Fund Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable corporation that was formed to oversee the design and construction of an indoor swimming and recreation facility that will be located on the grounds of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. On January 30, representatives of the corporation came before the regional school committee to give a status report.
The structure will be built in the parking lot near the lower gym. A design subcommittee formed a plan based on a series of visits to similar facilities. The ideal design will include a 25-yard (or possibly 25-meter), eight-lane pool with seating for 200 spectators, a diving pool, an exercise and training pool, dressing rooms for men and women, three multi-purpose rooms for pool functions and town activities, kitchenette space, administrative offices and storage. There will be approximately 40,000 square feet on two levels.
These desired features are dependent on the ability to raise adequate funds. Of the $6.5 million needed for this optimal plan, $3.5 million has already been donated by the Alfred Sawyer Trust. Fundraising is currently in a "quiet period" looking for a small number of large gifts.
It will be many months before construction will begin, probably in the spring of 2002. It is possible that work will begin on increasing parking some months before the structure itself is begun.
The Alfred Sawyer Trust will provide $1.5 million as an endowment to offset potential losses, costs of maintenance and future capital expenditures. The pool will be run by the town recreation department with user fees. The facility will be open to Carlisle residents and CCHS will have access for swim team and physical education classes.
The pool committee has a website at http://www.ccpools.org/ where more detailed information can be found and progress can be tracked.
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