Friday, November 1, 2002
Fund-raising underway for proposed Concord-Carlisle swim facility
Deborah Girard and Tim Atkins spoke to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen on October 22 about the not-for-profit C. C. Pools, Inc. that has been organized to build a year-round swimming facility for the Concord Carlisle community.
The indoor swim facility is to be built next to the high school, but will not be administered by the school. Once built, C.C. Pools will gift the structure to the town of Concord, and the Concord recreation department will administer it as a Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center.
Girard, C. C. Pools' Executive Director, distributed literature which stated their goal is to "create a first-class, handicapped accessible swim and health center, to serve everyone in the communities of Concord and Carlisle." The planned 32,575 square foot facility will include three pools with features for competitive, recreational and therapeutic swimming. The largest pool planned is a 25-yard by 25-meter lap pool. There is also a smaller, deep-water pool for diving, and another pool with a walk-in entry, safer for toddlers or those undergoing physical therapy. Plans also include seats for spectator viewing during swim competitions, an exercise room for programs such as Pilates or yoga, and an area for child-care. More details are available at their web site at www.ccpools.org.
While it was suggested that some people in town "think of Concord as a foreign country," one of the goals of the presentation was to emphasize that Carlisle is included in the area to be served by the facility. The name C. C. Pools is derived from "Concord Carlisle People Organized to Open a Local Swim Facility." It was pointed out that the Concord Recreation Department already includes Carlisle residents when mailing brochures.
C. C. Pools is conducting a fund-raising campaign, and hopes to raise enough money to both build and endow the facility. Plans call for membership dues and class fees to cover operating costs, so that Concord and Carlisle will not need to use tax dollars to support the community pool. The planned facility will cost about $8.7 million. Five million dollars have been donated by the Sawyer Trust, and $1.5 million of that will be set aside as an endowment fund. C. C. Pools must still raise approximately $3.5 million to fully fund the construction project.
The selectmen gave the group words of encouragement, and selectman Carol Peters commented, "It looks like a well thought-out plan." Vivian Chaput was glad to see that the swim facility would not require tax dollars to support it. Chairman Doug Stevenson concluded, "We wish you the best."
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