The Crossett Swim Again Program has received a $100,000 grant to repair and improve the Crossett City Pool.

Last week the Blue & You Foundation announced that it would be awarding the City of Crossett $100,000 in grant funds from its annual grant porgram.

Justin Reed with Crossett Swim Again said that this grant puts the organization much closer to its goal or getting the pool reopened.

“We still have about $50,000 to go that can be in cash or in-kind services,” Reed said.

The city pool closed in 2016 and the Crossett Swim Again Committee —comprised of Crossett Recreation Commission members, CREST board members and other interested citizens — was organized in an effort to raise money to repair and reopen the Crossett City Pool.

Crossett received a grant for $250,000 from the Department of Parks and Tourisms Outdoor Recreation Grants Program in November 2017 to repair the city pool and to refurbish the multipurpose playing courts on Main Street.

The total project was estimated to cost around $500,000 and Crossett Swim Again organization and other groups have conducted multiple fundraisers in an effort to collect the rest of the funds.

Anyone interested in donating may contact the group through the Crossett Swim again Facebook page at facebook.com/crossettpool.

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association that recently awarded a total of $2,733,532 in grants to 42 health improvement programs in Arkansas.

“Our grants this year went to programs across the state that address such issues as nutrition and exercise, food insecurity, emergency medical services and medical professional education,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation in a recent news release.

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