POOL GRANT: Col. City parks receive funds for study

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Parks and Recreation Department Director Mark Green announced that the City of Columbia City has received a grant for $15,000 from the Dekko Foundation toward a study for an Aquatics Facility. “We are thankful for partners like the Dekko Foundation who understand the value of planning and providing recreational activities for children and adults,” said Green.After a financial report showing repairs in excess of $1 million needed for Burnworth Pool, the Columbia City Park Board made a decision to form an Aquatics Facility Task Force. Concurrently, the board also determined that 2014 will be the final season for the more than 50-year-old community pool. The task force had met multiple times this year, determining that there was a need to study the feasibility of a facility. The study will look at what type of facility and amenities the community could support financially, as well as location and partnership opportunities. “This is a great way to know the next steps in the process and give the Task Force a direction on where to go," Green said. The study is scheduled to be finished this fall.