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Nonprofit group continues effort to meet pool needs

Friends of Sandy Pool group sets sights on city recreation campus

After successfully funding new Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible equipment at the Olin Y. Bignall Aquatic Center, the Friends of Sandy Pool group is still working to provide for the facility.

In January, the Friends organization was awarded a $5,000 matching-funds grant through the Clackamas County Healthy Eating, Active Living program.POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - New ADA-accessible stairwells sit at either end of the shallow area of Sandy Pool. The stairs were funded by a Clackamas County HEAL grant and matching funds raised by the Friends of Sandy Pool.

“We matched it way, way in advance of our deadline,” said Dottie Generaux, Friends of Sandy Pool membership coordinator.

With the combined funds, the organization was able to purchase two new handicap stairwells as well as a hydraulic chair lift to make sure all Sandy residents are able to access to the pool.

But the nonprofit group is not stopping there. It will continue to raise funds throughout the coming summer to continue supporting the pool’s needs.

“Those were the two main things,” noted Friends member Gloria Bean, “but there are so many other things the pool needs.”

The group has an ongoing raffle for a 40-inch Vizio Smart T.V. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the FOSP table at First Friday events, during lessons at the aquatic center or at the Mount Hood Farmers Market.

The drawing will be held at the First Friday event on Sept. 4.

The Friends and other pool officials will host an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the aquatic center, 39055 Pleasant St., for summer swim lesson pre-registration. Families registering a child for summer lessons get to swim free of charge.

While fundraising to keep the pool open, the Friends group continues to support communication between the city of Sandy and the Oregon Trail School District regarding a proposed aquatic and recreation center.

“I’m real hopeful,” Generaux said. “Our strategy is to encourage Oregon Trail and the city to keep talking and formulating a plan.”

For more information on ongoing efforts to fund the center, visit ci.sandy.or.us, hover over “Activities & Events” and under the “News” header, click the link to “Potential Sandy Pool and Recreation Campus Project.”

In the swim of things

The new Olin Y. Bignall Aquatic Center summer hours will begin Monday, June 15.

Afternoon recreational swim is from 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, mini-recreational swim is 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and Friday Night Recreational Swim is 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost is $2 for mini-rec, or $8 per family, or $3 for regular rec swim, or $12 per family.

The pool also offers a lap swim, shallow water aerobics, youth swimming lessons and private pool rentals.