Future of Dauphin pool
topic of April 9 meeting
Dauphin Pool has been a community fixture since the
mid-1960s. The board of directors recently announced that
major infrastructure repairs are needed to keep the facility
in operation for future generations. (Sentinel photo by
community pool in the Sentinel’s coverage area may be
shutting down after decades of activity.
Dauphin Pool could be closed if major infrastructure repairs
can not be obtained, the pool’s board of directors stated
possible, the pool will be open for at least the 2015
meeting on the pool’s status is scheduled for Thursday,
April 9 at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Middle Paxton Twp.
Building, Peters Mountain Road.
In correspondence recently sent to the Dauphin Pool’s
membership, the board shared the following information:
In operation for half a century, the pool primarily
serves residents of Dauphin Borough and Middle Paxton Twp. It is
located primarily in the borough, but adjoins the ballfield
properties owned and operated by the joint borough-township park
It has been operated since the mid-1960s by a board
originally formed by the local Lions Club. The board owns not only
the pool property, but three tennis courts, basketball courts and
surrounding areas on about 6.6 acres of land.
In addition to providing the community with ‘‘a
healthy and wholesome recreational facility,’’ the pool has hosted
American Red Cross classes on swimming, water safety and life
saving; and also has been the home pool for the Dauphin Dolphins
competitive swim program, according to the board.
The adjacent tennis and basketball courts are
available throughout the year for the pool members and their guests.
‘‘Over the last fifty (50) years, the board has
funded the original construction, operation, maintenance and any
improvements of the pool and tennis courts, solely from the modest
membership fees and fundraising efforts,” the board stated in its
correspondence. ‘‘In addition, the daily operations have been
sustained to a great extent by a small group of dedicated individual
‘‘As with any facility, infrastructures deteriorate
and major upgrades are now needed,’’ the board said.
‘‘The pool is currently financially sound. (It)
provides summer employment for 15 to 20 students and adults each
season and more than 600 people used the facility last season,’’ the
board noted. ‘‘Many visitors from other communities have remarked on
the beauty of the pool and its location.’’
Emphasizing the need for repairs, the board said it
is ‘‘attempting to look ahead to the future of the property as a
recreational facility for future generations in line with the
Dauphin-Middle Paxton Township Joint Recreation Comprehensive
In addition to reaching out to local municipalities
to see if any assistance may be available, the board announced that
for the 2015 season, the one-time initiation fee will be waived and
the annual membership fees have been reduced.
This year, the fees will be $199 per family and $99
per individual “in celebration of this season and to thank all who
have joined in the past.’’
‘‘Many have always joined just to show support of the
pool. We ask that you continue to do so. Invite friends and
family,’’ the board stated. ‘‘Let us make this year a year of
celebration, recalling fond memories of years past and looking
forward to whatever the future brings.’’
In addition, volunteers are being sought to help the
board this season with pool operations such as working the
concession stand, mowing grass and other items as may be required.
Volunteers also are sought to organize events and
activities at the pool. Anyone interested in helping in any way is
asked to contact: Deb Fedor, 717-805-4124; Deb Gardner, email@example.com;
Lisa Hivner, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Linda Klutas, lklu email@example.com
Anyone interested in a membership application is
asked to contact Klutas.
News of the possible shutdown of the Dauphin Pool had
been preceded earlier this year by the Halifax Area Recreation
Authority’s announcement that it no longer would operate the Harry
W. Row Pool. A group of Halifax-area citizens has said it plans to
work toward opening the pool this year (Sentinel, Feb. 17 issue).