Westmoreland, N.Y. - With such good weather this weekend, many are looking ahead and looking forward to swimming this summer, but maybe none more so than those who live in Westmoreland.
The much anticipated re-opening of the Westmoreland Town Pool is getting closer.
The pool closed about five years ago because the town couldn't afford to make the necessary repairs to the pool which totaled over $100,000.
A grass roots effort was undertaken that next year to raise money to repair the pool and now, nearly five years later, those who organized that grass roots effort are getting excited to see that the community will soon once again be able to enjoy the pool that was such an important part of the Westmoreland community for many decades.
One of the fundraisers has been the new Westmoreland Fun Days at the Westmoreland Town Park, designed specifically to raise money for the pool's restoration.
The 4th annual Westmoreland Fun Days were held on Saturday.
Scott Tarkowski, who came up with the fundraising idea to fund the pool's restoration soon after the pool closed in 2014, was cooking up the chicken barbeque at Saturday's Fun Days celebration. Tarkowski says he knew something had to be done to save the old pool, "It was heartbreaking. I grew up in Frankfort and our own pool closed up in Frankfort when I was a young boy, and the same thing happened here so I decided to step forward not knowing what I was going getting myself into when I started this thing about 4 1/2 to 5 years ago and we raised enough money and we’re going to open this year."
No grand re-opening date has been set because there's still a lot of work that needs to be done in the coming weeks. The hope is to have it open sometime late this month.
If you would like to donate to the cause, you can do so at WestmoPool.com.
Sentator Joe Griffo secured $60,000 for repairs to the pool.