Pool needs $90,000 worth of re­pairs

Pup pool party among up­com­ing fundrais­ing events

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Blan­chard rblan­chard@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @boy­er­town­times on Twit­ter

The Bally Community Pool is in need of ex­ten­sive re­pairs and will be in dan­ger of clos­ing in the com­ing years if the fi­nan­cial needs are not met. In re­sponse, the bor­ough has formed a Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee and its first fo­cus will be the pool.

“We’re ac­tu­ally try­ing to raise money for re-plas­ter­ing, re-tiling, and cop­ing of the

pool. We kind of have to raise this money within the next five years or the pool’s go­ing to close,” said Wendy Mut­ter, bor­ough em­ployee and mem­ber of the Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee.

On Satur­day, Sept. 9, the first Bally Bow Wow Pup Pool Party and Community Yard Sale will be held at the pool to help raise money for the re­pairs.

Mut­ter said at least $90,000 will be needed. The fund-rais­ing ef­forts have only just be­gun. She ex­plained how the bor­ough’s gen­eral fund has con­trib­uted to up­dat­ing the pool’s pumps, how­ever the bor­ough can’t af­ford to put forth the en­tire amount needed with­out raises taxes.

“The rec com­mit­tee was formed to hold fundrais­ers to raise those funds. And then we’re go­ing to con­tinue on, maybe pave our walk­ing trail, and just im­prove the recre­ational parts of the community.”

The com­mit­tee also works closely with the Bally Lions Club.

Ac­cord­ing to the bor­ough web­site, the Bally Community Pool was built in the last 1960s as a pri­vate swim­ming club. In 1972, the fa­cil­ity was do­nated to the bor­ough. In 2017, it was de­ter­mined that pool in­come alone could not cover the cost of the grow­ing needs and the com­mit­tee was formed.

“The pool is our first goal, and it’s a ma­jor goal. And soon as we get the funds to get those things, we’ll move on and do other things. We’ll have events for kids and things like that, through our fundrais­ing we’ll be able to do when we don’t need to spend so much money to get the pool re­habbed.”

“Hope­fully we’ll be suc­cess­ful. We have a lot of events planned in the fu­ture,” said Mut­ter. “Each year we’re go­ing to ex­pand our events. We’ll get big­ger as we learn and grow.”

The yard sale on Sept. 8 will be­gin at 8 a.m.; the dog swim will be­gin around noon. The next sched­uled fundraiser will be a Beef & Beer on Satur­day, Sept. 16, from 7 p.m. to mid­night at Good­will Fire Com­pany. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about these events, con­tact the bor­ough at 610-845-2351. The pool is lo­cated at 411 Ch­est­nut Street.

RE­BECCA BLAN­CHARD — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Bally Community Pool is in need of ex­ten­sive re­pairs. Fundrais­ing ef­forts are now un­der­way.

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