Assembly approves grant request for pool

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2008

JUNEAU - The city of Juneau will apply for a $1.5 million Rasmuson Foundation grant to help pay for additional amenities at the Dimond Park pool.

The Juneau Assembly unanimously approved a resolution in a short special meeting Tuesday authorizing the city manager to pursue the grant.

The $19.8 million Dimond Park Aquatic Center approved by voters in October is being designed to include a six-lane lap pool, a recreational pool, locker rooms, family changing rooms and a water slide.

The grant application will request up to $1.5 million to support a therapeutic resistance channel and a geothermal heating system, which are additional items a pool task force wants to add to the project.

A therapy pool and two additional lanes for swimming laps also are wanted. The four items would raise the cost by $3.5 million. The task force recently formed a committee to pursue grants and donations to pay for the add-ons.

The city plans to submit an additional grant later this month to the Alaska Energy Authority for the balance of the $1.5 million geothermal system.

The system could save the city $160,000 to $190,000 annually in utility costs.

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