ANDERSON — City economic development officials have secured a $14,000 grant from a Wisconsin-based foundation to study the best way of restoring the Athletic Park Pool.
In addition, the city will receive $10,000 from Efroymson Family Fund of Indianapolis; and the Anderson Parks Department will contribute $5,000 to the effort, said Michael Frischkorn, deputy director of economic development, on Tuesday.
During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the Parks board unanimously accepted the grant.
The Jeffris Family Foundation assists the development of historic sites for nonprofit organizations in small towns and cities in eight Midwest states, including Indiana, according to the foundation’s website.
“This is one of those foundation documents to determine how much things are going to cost to do a renovation and rehabilitation of historic structures,” Frischkorn said.
The city could determine those costs on an ad hoc basis “but it wouldn’t be a long-term solution, something that we could base a capital campaign on to help fund the renovations,” he added.
“We want to do it right the first time, and don’t want to spend a lot of money without getting the end result of a fully functioning pool that people in Anderson will be proud of.”
Generations of Anderson residents have used the pool to cool off during steamy Indiana summers, but it has fallen into disrepair over the past eight years.
The city closed the pool, located at East Eighth Street next to the White River after vandals removed its copper tubing in 2007.
Accepting the funding is crucial to reopening the pool.
“This is a great step forward to improving the athletic pool,” Darin Foltz, board president, said.
It was built at a cost of $59,000 in 1925, one of 130 using a revolutionary design by Wesley Bintz, who patented the egg-shaped above-ground pool with dressing rooms under the structure.