LONDONDERRY — The town's first community swimming pool is closer to becoming a reality.
Groundbreaking is expected to begin in September for a heated, outdoor in-ground pool at the YMCA of Greater Londonderry on Rockingham Road.
"We have two bids in the process for the construction," said Londonderry branch director Lisa Fitzgerald. "The pool will be up and running for camp next summer."
The in-ground pool is part of the Y's $750,000 capital improvement plan that will also include an outdoor multipurpose sports complex.
The facility opened in 1999 and serves 175 to 180 campers during its summer programs.
"Our goal is to be able to serve 250 kids," Fitzgerald said.
Currently, the Y uses two 4-foot deep oval-shaped pools that are 26 feet long for its aquatic activities during summer camp. The pools, meant to be used for just two years, are now in their 11th year.
The new in-ground pool will be 25 meters long with six lanes. It will be constructed in a way that it can be enclosed at a future date so it can be used year-round.
"Next year, we'll be able to offer a summer pool membership to the community," Fitzgerald said. "People can use the pool after camp time, as well as weekends."
The pool also will be available for pool parties, private rentals, swimming lessons, aquatic safety rescue classes and aquatic exercise classes.
"We want to be able to support all ages in the community," Fitzgerald said. "And, we are still actively seeking financial support."
The fundraising campaign is still in need of between $100,000 and $150,000.
There are two active fundraisers going on at present. One is to purchase a tile for the "Giving Wall," a tiled mural that will be displayed in the pool area. Tiles can be purchased at different giving levels from $300 to $5,000. Message from the donors will be imprinted on the tiles.
Donors may also wish to purchase a brick for $150 for the walkway leading to the pool area. Anyone interested in contributing, can call the Y directly at 437-9622.
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