Connell Pool Renovation and ADA Code Upgrades

Category Overview

Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.

Project Highlights

This development project will renovate the outdoor pool in Pioneer Park, a community treasure and a very important activity center, which has aged and needs upgrades to stay open.  NEED:   Median household income is 12% below state average; 35% of the population is persons of color (above the state average).  BENEFITS:   Connell’s pool is an oasis in Franklin County’s desert climate; without it residents would have to drive over half an hour to access a pool. Situated in the City’s largest park, the pool’s popular recreational activities are important during the very hot and dry summer months (when other activities aren’t offered) including:  The swim team prepares for swim meetsOpen swim is very popular with the school age kids, providing an opportunity for play, important exercise and skill-buildingAffordable Swim lessons In 2019, the pool held its first cardboard box derby race for the Fourth of July with much success. TOP COMMUNITY PRIORITY:  In 2011 voters approved a levy lid lift providing property taxes to sustain the pool and its programs. Each year these funds support pool operations but do cover all of the much-needed capital improvements needs.  PROJECT ELEMENTS: Refinishing the pool’s crumbling bottom, installing ADA compliant fixtures, replacing pool plaster, removing an unsafe water slide, improving fixtures in the main pool building as well as in the mechanical building, and constructing a new family/assisted bathroom (bathhouse addition).

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Connell City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $ 500,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 167,000.00 Project Type: Development County: Franklin Legislative District: 9 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1910

Location Details

From US-395, take the WA-260 exit and proceed west. Follow WA-260 west for 0.4 miles and then turn right onto S. Columbia Avenue. Continue traveling north and then turn on East Birch Street; Pioneer Park is situated on the right. For access into the buildings during closures and off-season, contact the City Clerk, 509-234-2701.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.