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Residents' input sought on pool upgrade

July 02, 1998

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said Thursday that while an attempt last spring to poll residents on how to improve the borough's aging public swimming pool drew a "tepid" response, he hopes a new survey will produce better results.

Copies of the new survey, done through the schools, are starting to come in, Hamberger said, and the response seems better.

Borough officials are hoping that residents will help them decide what needs to be done to the pool that opened in the mid-1970s in Northside Park. They also hope someone will offer ideas on how to raise the more than $500,000 needed to modernize the pool, Hamberger said.

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The borough, with a $12,000 state grant, hired a Lancaster County, Pa., architect in February to survey the pool and recommend repairs and changes needed to modernize it. Initial investigations showed that the pool was in better structural condition than was originally thought, Hamberger said at the time.

"It needs to be resurfaced, the filtration system needs to be replaced and we want to add a slide," Hamberger said.

The council budgets about $70,000 a year to operate the pool.

Councilwoman Vicki Huff, who acts as liaison between the council and the Borough Recreation Committee, said early fund-raising efforts have raised $3,000 to $4,000, she said.

Hamberger said several special events are planned at the pool for the July 4th weekend that he hopes will increase interest in the facility.

The events include a penny dive, water balloons, relay races, Ping-Pong and volleyball. Entrance fees drop to $1 for the holiday.

Huff, who served as a lifeguard at the pool during her high school years, said another upcoming event - Waynesboro Day at the Hagerstown Suns ballpark set for Aug. 14 - will generate money for the building fund.

Tickets can be purchased at several local outlets, including the Borough Hall, Washington Township Office, Chamber of Commerce, the Municipal Golf Course and Parlor House restaurant.

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