SELAH, Wash. – Selah’s new aquatic center is taking shape in Wixson Park, with concrete outlining the pool tank and other features.
And supporters are hoping that they’ll have enough money by June to have it open for a 10-week season this summer.
“We’re getting close,” said Tammy Allan, president of the Selah Parks Foundation, which is raising money to cover the pool’s operating expenses for its first season.
Almost halfway to its $250,000 goal, the foundation is selling bricks and sponsorships for lanes in the competition pool and recently held a fundraising dinner and auction, Allan said.
Voters in the Selah School District boundaries approved a $6.2 million bond in 2015 to construct the pool, but the Selah Park and Recreation Service Area’s $305,000 tax levy to cover the maintenance and operating costs fell just short of the 60 percent required for approval in August.
SPRSA will be putting another six-year levy before voters in August, but there is no tax funding to operate the center this year, SPRSA Chairwoman Kelliann Ergeson said.
Allan said the foundation has also applied for grants that are expected to come in April and May that will push the center closer to its goal.