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Naches Pool Might Stay Empty

NACHES, Wash. - Another pool might be closed this summer.

This time, the naches pool is on the chopping block if the people don't come up with the money to keep it open.

Over 200 swimmers use the pool per day during the summer.

But now, it'll be up to the generosity of the people of Naches and others who use the pool, to keep it open.

Because of a levy failure last month to fund the pool, board members responsible for the pool are forced to ask people for private donations.

Margaret St. Martin, who's on the board, says people who donate can expect their money to go only to the pool.

The Naches Park District isn't affiliated with the town or county, so the money raised for the park can't be used to fund other departments.

St. Martin says a lot of people will be affected if the pool closes.

"Why is it important for the pool to be open?" she asked. "Because we need it for the children to have some place to go during the summer when school is not going."

A special levy that will go to vote this February will provide money for the 2008 and 2009 summer seasons.

But not this summer, St. Martin says the only way the pool will remain open is through private donations.

Now to help out or get more information about the pool situation, there'll be a meeting on Wednesday, January 3rd, starting at 7 p.m.

It'll take place at Margaret's Applecart Deli on 220 Naches Avenue.

And you can call St. Martin for more information at 653-2971. She says they need to raise $60,000 to save the pool.