Members of the Crossett Swim Again Committee have accepted a donation that represents a significant step forward in meeting the matching funds needed for a grant to re-open the Crossett City Pool and improve the tennis courts.
Members of the CREST swim team and the Crossett High School tennis team joined the Crossett Swim again Committee in accepting a $50,000 donation toward the renovation of the Crossett city pool and tennis courts. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)
The committee, along with members of the CREST swim team and Crossett High School tennis team, attended a check presentation ceremony at First National Bank Friday, during which the bank presented the committee with a $50,000 check for the project.
The Crossett city pool has been closed since 2016 because of needed repairs.
The pool’s repair project has been slated for a $250,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Outdoor Recreation Grants Program (ORGP), which comes with the requirement that the local community provide a 50 percent match. Officials with Crossett Swim Again said local donations such as the one from FNBC will be used as part of the match.
The project as approved by the ORGP was crafted by Crossett Swim Again, which is composed of members of the Crossett Recreation Commission, parents of CREST swimmers and other local residents.
The committee met with contractors and architects to determine the most cost-effective way to address the pool closure, be it to repair or replace the facility, and likewise hosted several public planning meetings to gather input from the public.
The experts consulted said the best solution was to repair the pool at its current location, Swim Again officials said, and public opinion likewise leaned heavily in favor of keeping the pool where it is.
Using that information, Swim Again developed a three-phase plan for the area. The first phase of the plan is what the ORGP funds are slated for, and will include a renovation of the pool — including new surfacing and plumbing to address the leaks that forced the pool’s closure — and will repair the surfaces of the tennis courts.