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Friday, December 3, 2004

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Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center reaches major milestone

The construction of the $9.5 million Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center reached a major milestone when the ridge beam was placed, marking the completion of the framing of the whole building. A ceremony placing a tree atop the structure was attended by volunteers and town officials Monday to mark this construction tradition of "topping off."

This important milestone starts the final "kick" to complete the fundraising for the first-class Center that will be available to all Concord and Carlisle citizens as well as town employees and their families. The Center is being built by non-profit C. C. Pools, Inc. using private donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. An additional $3.5 million is required to fulfill C. C. Pools' commitment to donate the Center to Concord upon completion in December 2005.

Designed to be a major asset for Concord and Carlisle, the Center will provide a year-round facility that integrates recreational, therapeutic and competitive physical development programs. The 32,000 square foot Center will include four pools — a recreation and lap pool, diving pool, warm water pool for therapy and aerobics, and a toddler pool — as well as two fitness rooms, spectator seating for 175, locker rooms, and a refreshment center. The Center will be managed by the Concord Recreation Department once it is completed.

Located adjacent to the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, the Center is the largest construction project in the town after Emerson Hospital and the high school. With a 135-ton crane on site, six 100-foot trusses from Nova Scotia in place and 30 construction workers, the Center now moves into the phase of enclosing the building. The diving pool forms are already in place.

Swim lessons, senior swim and fitness, low impact aerobics, therapy and recovery programs, diving, and master and youth competitive swim teams are just a few of the opportunities the new Center will provide.

Fundraising and management of the project is headed by Executive Director Tim Atkins.

MINI convertible being raffled

Events to raise funding include the raffling off of a donated new MINI Cooper Convertible. Only 999 tickets are available, priced at $100. Tickets are available at the C. C. Pools, Inc. office, 66 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord, 1-978-371-4936. The winner will be drawn at the Spring Splash, Saturday, May 21, 2005 at the Collings Foundation Museum in Stowe, Mass. The MINI OPEN was donated by Concord residents, Liz and Warren Waugh of the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group.

More information on how citizens can donate is available at the non-profit Center's web site, www.ccpools.org.


2004 The Carlisle Mosquito