Swim Friends of Mid-Michigan Fund
When Rose Pool at Central Michigan University closed in 2016, many community users were affected. They include local children learning to swim, senior citizens who exercised there, the local swim club known as Mt. Pleasant Pacers, Mt. Pleasant High School's swim team, CMU aquatic classes and club teams, as well as Special Olympics athletes. In response, a group of citizens calling themselves the Swim Friends of Mid-Michigan started meeting to discuss the prospect of a community pool in the area. They have worked with different stakeholder groups, developing an outline for a new pool and gathering some initial evidence of support. The Swim Friends of Mid-Michigan believe a community pool will have a positive impact on the citizens of Isabella County.
A focus group has been formed to identify the financial resources and expertise to conduct a true feasibility study to determine the community need and funding possibilities for a community pool. It is estimated that $30,000 will be necessary to conduct a proper feasibility study. Specific to our community, this study will include an analysis of need for a pool, recommendations on pool type and dimensions most suitable, and prospective funding options to build and maintain a pool. Swim Friends of Mid-Michigan conducted a national scan of potential consulting groups that have the requisite experience and expertise in aquatic center feasibility studies. With the help from USA Swimming, they have narrowed the options to two firms, both of which are highly respected within the swimming community.
A temporary, project fund has been created at the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for tax deductible contributions in support of the feasibility study.