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Future of Dauphin pool
topic of April 9 meeting

The 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 Duane Good)

Another community pool in the Sentinel’s coverage area may be shutting down after decades of activity.

The Dauphin Pool could be closed if major infrastructure repairs can not be obtained, the pool’s board of directors stated last week.

If possible, the pool will be open for at least the 2015 season.

A public 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 authority.

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 volunteers.’’

‘‘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 Plan.’’

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,; Lisa Hivner,; or Linda Klutas, lklu or 717-921-8660.

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).


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