Community members are encouraged to help “fill the pool” in addition to other upgrades.
Children will enjoy the city pool in 2019. Photo provided.
(Aurora, Ind.) – The city of Aurora is seeking help from the community to “fill the pool.”
The concept is not new. In the late 1950s and 1960s the community came together to raise funds to plan, build, and finance the opening of the town pool in 1967.
Over 50 years later, the pool was fraught with problems and no longer economically feasible. The Aurora Pool did not open in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The city took this opportunity to see how the facility could be upgraded.
The city has agreed to fund a $ 2.5 million project to revitalize the city pool. The city’s executive office has organized a volunteer committee that has met over the past few months to plan a “dream pool”.
The dream offers laps that can be used for outdoor swimming events, a water volleyball court, a slide, a no-entry area with a play function for children, a heating element to extend the pool season into early spring and late autumn and a two-way Concession stand for park and pool customers, public WiFi and more.
Site plans for the “Dream Pool” of the city of Aurora. Photo provided.
“The pool is a long-term investment that we hope will improve Aurora’s quality of life, encourage people to live active and healthy lives, and give residents another reason to call Aurora at home,” said city administrator Derek Walker.
Unfortunately, Walker doesn’t think the city’s funding will be enough to provide an exceptional facility for the community. Because of this, a fundraising goal of one million dollars has been set for the project.
“We hope to get some of this through grants and other sponsorship opportunities, but we need the help of the entire community to achieve this goal,” added Walker.
As part of the fundraising campaign, the Aurora Recreation Community Center is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament series, the proceeds of which will go to the “Fill the Pool” fund.
The tournament begins on Saturday March 13th with a 3v3 tournament for women, followed by a men’s tournament on March 20th and a youth tournament on March 27th.
The city asks all community members to consider participating or sponsoring the event. The sponsors’ company logo is on the back of the tournament shirts.
If you have any questions about registering for the event or becoming a sponsor, please contact Denise Rose, Director of Parks and Recreation, at 812-290-1070 or follow the Aurora City Pool Facebook page.
The city of Aurora will host additional events and sponsorship opportunities throughout the year. Donations for the pool project can be made from Monday February 1st through a donation to the donation fund of the city of Aurora Parks.