Pooling Efforts in Grenfell

An outdoor pool isn’t generally a hot topic in January, and especially not in Saskatchewan. But in Grenfell, it’s the talk of the town! Community leaders are gearing up to rebuild their pool later this spring.

With abundant moisture and ground-swell, the concrete surrounding this pool has cracked and heaved. Attempts to patch it are futile, and safety concerns with pool use clouded last summer’s activities. A new liner, plumbing and a rebuilt concrete deck are planned.

Last year's wet spring led to cracks in the concrete surrounding Grenfell's outdoor pool. Photo credit:  Grenfell Regional Park Authority.

“We count on our pool,” says Danean Karlunchuck, Grenfell Regional Park Authority manager.  “It’s a key attraction with campers and golfers, visitors and residents alike. Great for recreation, it (the pool) doubles as an exercise facility and training centre for water safety.”

In tandem with these plans are fundraising activities, as rebuilding is costly. Last summer dedicated Grenfell youth ran a lemonade stand and bake sale for this effort. A local Lions Club raffle and Snow Drifters January snowmobile rally will also contribute earnings, and car show officials on the May long weekend are dedicating all profits to pool renovations. Over $10,000 from fundraisers and donations has been received. More fundraising is planned.

The Community Initiatives Fund, through its Community Vitality Program, is also contributing with a Capital Grant of $50,000 to revitalize the pool.

For more detail on Grenfell’s pool rebuild, contact Ms. Daneen Karlunchuck at gredm@sasktel.net or at 306.697.2873.

Community Initiatives Fund grants are available for all Saskatchewan communities. Contact Ms. Rhonda Newton, Grants Administrator, at rnewton@sasksport.sk.ca or 306.780.9308 for details.


Grenfell residents like Keegan Speidelsbach (shown here) diligently fundraise to support this town's rebuilt pool.

Photo credit:  Carol Speidelsbach

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