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Quincy’s Pioneer Pool near the fairgrounds offers refreshing summer fun for children, families, adults and seniors. Photo submitted

Rec district dives into fundraising campaign for Pioneer Pool repairs

Pioneer Park’s community pool is a popular summer destination for hot days and cool, splashy fun, and the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District wants to keep it available for many years to come.

On June 17, the recreation district launched a new fundraising campaign called “Save the Pool.” The effort is designed to gather $250,000 in donations over the next few years to revitalize and maintain the facility.

“The District has been seeing signs of deterioration for a few years now and is planning ahead to be raising money over the next several years for when the time comes to replace its community pool,” explained CPRPD’s General Manager James Shipp.

Pioneer Pool has been at the heart of the community since its inception in the early 1970s, he noted.

“Although not everyone uses it, everyone understands it has value, especially for families and kids, as well as youth sports,” Shipp said.

With the help of a local committee, the district plans to raise the quarter of a million dollars in donations to replace the outer coping stones, tiles and the pool’s fiberglass shell.

This will be no small task, CPRPD staffers say. Swimming pools like the one in Pioneer Park have an average lifespan of 25 years and the last time the shell was replaced was in the early 1990s.

Shipp listed many services that Pioneer Pool provides, from basic rescue classes to family recreational swim sessions.

“With all of the lakes, rivers and streams in Plumas County, we’re dedicated to helping everyone know how to swim and we offer lessons for youth and adults,” he said. “If you or your child want to learn, contact us anytime. We also have scholarships to make sure everyone knows how to swim.”

Shipp, his staff and the district’s board of directors are holding a long-range view to keep Pioneer Pool in top shape as a community resource and asset.

On the CPRPD website at cprpd.com/save-the-pool.htm , the campaign states it took the whole community to both build the pool initially and to resurface it 25 years later.

“Today we call on that same sense of community to do it again!” the website says.

All donations are welcome. There are also three special donor tiers.

– Dolphins: $250-$499

– Great Whites: $500-$999

– Whales: $1,000 and up

Shipp’s office indicated the names of “Whale-level” donors will be engraved on the Pioneer Pool Monument Stone.

For more information, please call the district office at 283-3278.

Plumas Rapids Swim Team

Pioneer Pool is home to the Plumas Rapids Swim Team, a summer competitive swim program for children aged 4 to 18 years.

As long as a child can get across the length of the pool, they can join. Swimmers are placed into groups based upon their ability and age.

Members practice at Pioneer Pool every week and administer swim tests to get on the team. Their next big meet is set for this weekend, July 19-21, so come out and cheer the swimmers on!

Pioneer Park Pool at a glance

34 Fairground Road

East Quincy

Hours:

Open now through Aug. 17.

Monday-Friday: 1:15 to 5 p.m. for public swim, and 5 to 7 p.m. for family swim.

Saturdays: 1:15 to 5 p.m. for a wide variety of swim activities.

Private events — by reservation.

Classes:

The Pioneer Pool is fully accessible.

Parent/Tot and Basic Rescue classes are available and both private and group swim lessons are offered from levels 1 through 7.

Two 9-day group lesson sessions are offered at separate times during the summer.

Admission:

Daily rates run $2-5 for children, adults and seniors.

Season passes are available at $50 for seniors, $60 for one individual or $125 for a family.

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