Chehalis Outdoor Pool Awarded $500,000 in State Grants —

Chehalis Outdoor Pool Awarded $500,000 in State Grants

By Kyle Spurr
Centralia Chronicle

What a difference a year can make.

Last October, the city of Chehalis and the Chehalis Foundation had about $200,000 to replace some pipes and keep the Chehalis Outdoor Community Swimming Pool operating.

 

This past weekend, the city learned it qualified for two $250,000 state grants, which combined with donations and fundraising, gives the city and foundation $2 million for the outdoor pool.

“The reality is that this project has changed so much and so fast,” Connie Bode, a Chehalis Foundation member, said. “We were able to expand this project now to where it is going to create an amazing outdoor aquatic center for our area.”

The outdoor pool was already scheduled for construction after Labor Day, but now with an additional $500,000 from the state grants, the scope of the project has expanded.

Bode said the city and foundation are planning to add a zero depth pool, or a beach-entry style pool, connected to the original swimming pool with multiple slides and water toys.

The outdoor pool will also have new fencing, concrete walkways and benches. The pool building will be demolished and rebuilt bigger.

The improvements will better serve young children and those with limited mobility, Bode said.

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