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Linglestown Gazette: Koons Pool seeks help from township

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Koons Pool seeks help from township

A member of the Koons Park Pool board asked the Lower Paxton Township supervisors Tuesday for financial assistance to help offset the cost to open the pool on Memorial Day weekend.

He said the pool and filtration systems are in good shape, but the pool faces about a $10,000 bill to have a contractor paint the pool and service its filtration system.

The supervisors briefly discussed giving the pool a $4,000 grant but did not make a firm commitment. Instead, they asked the pool representative to submit a formal request to township’s parks & rec director.

Last year the township gave the pool about $14,000, which included $7,000 to replace a well pump that went belly up just prior to last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

In December, an annual grant for the pool was among budget cuts made by the township to address decreasing tax revenue and increased fees from vendors in 2008.

Bill Hawk, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, urged the pool to aggressively seek new members as a way to sure up the pool’s financial situation.

Youth sports sign-ups ... Linglestown Football Association will hold early registration sessions on March 22, March 29 and April 5 from 9 am to noon at the Linglestown Fire Hall.


At 7:50 PM, Blogger epmark said...

Any idea how many families were members last year? How much does an annual family membership cost?

At 9:05 PM, Blogger BB said...

I don't know how members the pool had in 2007. My family was a member in 2006, and we paid $215.

I'll try to obtain 2008 prices.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Judy Reed said...

I have lived in the Koons Park area for 40+ years and have been a member of the pool many of those years. I have never understood why the membership and/or attendance isn't better than it is. If you drive past Devon Manor Swim club in the summer, it's bulging at the seams - same way with a pool over in Mechanicburg. Even on a good day at Koons, it's not very crowded. It's a shame because they need the money from memberships to operate/maintain the facility. I wonder what those other pools are doing to keep their membership enrollments up?? I would hate to see the pool go out of business for lack of necessary funds!


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