Voters in the Tonasket Park and Recreation District passed a 6 year replacement levy on April 27th that will provide revenue for maintaining and operating the Tonasket Community Swimming Pool and help improve and maintain parks within the Tonasket Park and Recreation District. The measure passed with 67.86% in favor and 32.14% opposed, receiving 1513 votes cast in the election.
“Thank you for supporting our pool, our parks, our kids, and our community!” said Tonasket Parks and Recreation Board Chair, Jordon Weddle. “We look forward to continuing to work hard for our community over the next 6 years of the levy and beyond.”
During the week of May 17th, Darren Johnson and the city’s maintenance staff will be filling the pool and getting it ready for the summer. “The pool has been well used and well cared for since it opened in 2017.” said Weddle. “We appreciate all of the great work that Darren Johnson and the City’s maintenance staff have done to keep our pool looking and working great.”
The pool is scheduled to be ready in time for the fourth and fifth grade swim days starting June 1st. Each year the Tonasket Park and Recreation District works with Tonasket School District to provide all 4th and 5th grade students with water safety instruction. The pool will open for the summer on Monday, June 14th, just after school is let out for the summer.
“We know that we will be open this summer for lap swim, swim lessons and swim team for sure.” said Weddle “We’re still trying to figure out how we might be able to run a modified public swim or family swim while meeting current guidance. We’ll know more soon and communicate that out as soon as we can.”
Did you know that the Tonasket Community Pool is a million dollar facility donated to the Community by the Community? No tax dollars were used to build the pool. Your support of the levy allows us to maintain the pool.
Did you know that the Pool creates local jobs? The pool funds 10 lifeguards, 1 manager, and the time 6 city employees spend on the pool for maintenance and financial processing each year. Since 2017 The Parks and Recreation District has funded approximately $140,000 in local wages and benefits for these jobs.
Did you know that the Tonasket Community Pool can give swimming lessons to 210 kids per year?
Did you know that the Tonasket Park and Recreation District receives donations for swim lessons each year from local businesses, organizations and individuals. These donations help kids learn to swim who could not afford to take lessons otherwise. If you would like to donate, please contact us.
Did you know that the Tonasket Park and Recreation district works with our local school district to help all 4th and 5th grade students learn to swim? Each year grants have been received from the community foundation to cover the costs of opening the pool early to provide these swim lessons.
Did you know that .18 per thousand translates to $18 per year if you own a $100,000 home?
Did you know that the Tonasket Park and Recreation District commissioners are volunteers?
Did you know that the Tonasket Park and Recreation district is involved in the long term planning of Tonasket Parks? Members of the Park and Recreation District participated in the creation of a comprehensive park and recreation plan with the City of Tonasket, Baseball and Soccer.
Did you know that the Tonasket Park and Recreation District is helping to redo our BMX terrain park? A new Pump Track has been proposed for the area.
Did you know that members of the Tonasket Park and Recreation District have been working on local trails and maps? Click here for a link.
Did you know it costs $80K to run the pool each year and $20K is received each year through admissions. The Tonasket Park and Recreation District covers the remaining cost of operating a pool.