Thanks to generous support from the community, renovations at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool have moved along nicely with the final phase of construction planned for 2018.
This summer the Pool underwent repairs to the outside and inside of the existing natatorium. Work done by Ironwood Construction of Petoskey included new walls, ceiling, tile work and a new storage area for Pool equipment. Additionally, updates to the existing HVAC system improved airflow throughout the building. External siding and lighting completed Phase 2 of the project.
The third and final phase of work is to be built in two parts in 2018. An addition will be constructed first to create new and improved men’s and women’s accessible locker rooms. The second step will be to renovate the existing locker room and office areas to accommodate a multipurpose room with views to the Pool, new family changing rooms, and improved staff work spaces and lobby.
Through the last year, the Pool has received 240+ donations for renovations, including several large contributions from key supporters. This in combination with awarded grants, has helped the Pool raise over $940,000 to date. Grants have been received from: Charlevoix County Community Foundation for architectural services ($10,487) and construction ($14,137); Alden & Vada Dow Family Foundations ($10,000); Leo S. Guthman Fund ($10,000), Oleson Foundation ($10,000); Women Who Care ($8,200); the Rotary Club of Charlevoix ($7,500); and the Great Lakes Energy People Fund ($5,000) a source made possible through customers rounding up their energy bills.
We have had a great year of fundraising and we want to thank everyone for their support. We do, however, have more funds to raise in order to complete the final phase. This is in part due to the natatorium renovations being more extensive than expected. We became aware of additional areas that required work as existing walls and ceilings were removed, which can be common with any demolition and rehabilitation project. Anticipated rising construction costs are also a factor.
The Pool would like you to know that now through the end of the year, donations to the Pool Renewal Project will be doubled. An anonymous donor is matching all contributions up to $50,000. If you would like to donate, call the Pool today at 231-547-0982, or complete and return our donation form found here.