WESTMORELAND — After five years of fund-raising, the Westmoreland Summer Activities Association has earned enough money to open Westmoreland Town Pool.
The association raised close to $80,000, and with an additional $60,000 grant secured by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, the group’s president Scott Tarkowski said the pool will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, June 22.
During the weekend of May 18-19, Tony Lawton from Clean All Pool & Spa was changing the flange on the new pump so that it can be attached to the three new filters.
“In the next couple of weeks there’ll be new coping, new tiling, and they’ll be ready to start ‘er up,” Lawton said.
Tarkowski said he monitors the progress daily knowing how excited the people of Westmoreland at the happy news.
“The people of Westmoreland are as eager as we are to reopen the town pool,” he said.
In the weeks leading up to the opening, there will be the annual Spring Fling fund-raiser with food, entertainment, and activities on Saturday, June 8 in the Town Park, and a ribbon cutting with Sen. Griffo, Town Supervisor Kenneth Eisnor and other officials on Monday, June 10.
Eisnor praised the work of Scott and Patti Tarkowski, the rest of the Westmoreland Summer Activities board and volunteers, all the pool supporters in town and Sen. Griffo, who secured a grant that gave the organization enough funding to reopen the pool.
“This is long overdue, and it only happened because so many people worked together to make it happen,” Eisnor said while announcing the ribbon cutting with Griffo.
“I was pleased to have been able to secure funding to help with the capital improvements to the Anna Kunz Memorial Pool,” the senator said.
“I am hopeful that residents will take advantage of this community asset once it’s open,” Griffo added.
The Westmoreland Town Pool is on social media at Facebook.com/Westmopool, online at Westmopool.org, and they can be reached by calling: 315-335-6326.
The Westmoreland Summer Activities Association is a non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible.
“This is all about community and having a safe place for children when they are not in school,” Tarkowski said. “Kids need some place to go in the summer time where they can have fun and be active.”