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Group trying to raise money for a new pool in Pen Argyl

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 21 2014 04:07:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 21 2014 05:13:33 PM CDT

Some Northampton County residents will be left high and dry this summer.

PEN ARGYL, Pa. -

Some Northampton County residents will be left high and dry this summer.

The community pool in Pen Argyl is staying closed, but one group is trying to make sure the pool opens again next year.

“We’re sad to see it go," said Jana Mucklin, as her children were playing at Weona Park. "We used to come when we were little almost every day, so there are a lot of good memories here.”

This summer, the park will not have one of its most important features, the pool. Cracks are causing water loss, leading to problems keeping the pool's chlorine balanced properly.

The problems will cost more than the annual $30,000 budget to fix.

“It could be $1 to $3 million," said Samantha Ondilla, community group organizer. "It could be $5 million.”

Ondilla and other residents are trying to figure out a way to raise money for a new pool.

“It’s a beautiful park," said Ondilla. "It’s worth saving. It’s worth the community caring about.”

“I think it is a good idea to save the pool," said resident Linda Traub. "It’s been here for many many years and I’d hate to see it end, so I hope they find the money to keep it going.”

A borough official said the pool lost 800,000 gallons of water last summer, so there is a safety concern to residents, but the council welcomes any suggestions from residents on how to reopen the community landmark.

In a statement, borough officials said, "If the residents have long-term sustainable solutions to these issues, borough council would be more than happy to hear those ideas."

“I would say 96 percent of the people are like, 'Let us know where we can send things, too, what we can do,'" added Ondilla. "We’re willing to back you guys up.”

The group plans to find grants, get donations, and hold fundraisers to save the pool.

The first meeting to come up with those ideas starts Monday night at Grace United Methodist Church, located at 404 E. Mountain Ave., Pen Argyl. The meeting starts at 7:30.