BENEFITING: RED LODGE AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
It’s time to ensure our city pool’s future! The Red Lodge City swimming pool is a vital community resource, hosting more than 3,000 people each summer from Red Lodge, Joliet, Edgar, Bridger, Roscoe, and Absarokee. 120 kids learn how to swim each summer with pool lessons. It offers recreational, health and educational opportunities to adults and youth in our region. But as pool operation costs increase and government budgets thin, it’s difficult to continue funding pool operations and many have had to increase prices, or even close, in some cases.
In an effort to prevent a closure discussion being forced in Red Lodge, a Permanent Pool Endowment Fund has been created to try to ensure the long-term sustainability of the pool. While the pool will need some capital improvements in the future, it’s important to ensure that the operating costs will always be covered. There have been a couple of cases of cities raising money to build new pools, but quickly having to close them due to lack of operational funding.
We are working together to ensure that this isn’t Red Lodge’s future. The average cost per day is $800 to maintain the pool and each year it costs about $70,000. “We struggle to find the dollars every year to operate and maintain the pool. We have to balance the needs of street repair, police and fire protection, the library, parks and the pool, all out of a limited general fund. The pool is costly, but we see it as more than just a place to swim. It is one of those places like the post office or the grocery store where people see their friends and neighbors. It is one of those places that helps to define the difference between a city and a community.” stated Mike Schoenike, Red Lodge City Council President.
We need to raise $25,000 to start the endowment. With YOUR help, we can ensure our local pool has a future. Every drop counts, please support this cause to keep our pool afloat!