Organizers of a citizen-led effort to keep Powell Barnett Wading Pool open as much as possible this summer say they are within $1,900 of the $4,400 they need to keep the pool open every Saturday this summer. Donations must be made by the end of the work day tomorrow (May 17). You can donate online via Paypal.
The wading pool was one of many in the city closed or with reduced hours due to city budget cuts. The wading pool at Peppi’s Playground near Leschi Elementary was also closed, but the spray toys will remain operational.
There is a special opportunity for any business that wants to provide a match that could be repaid through sales during open wading pool days. From organizer Melissa Cate Christ:
We currently have $2500 and are actively looking for matches from businesses, vendors who would like to sell in the park, or other groups who are willing to front the money (so we can get on the Parks and Rec summer schedule and we can then fundraise by selling water etc on each Wading pool open day – we would need to make around $240 each open Saturday to break even/pay back the organization who would front the money).
The Parks Department even has a special offer for any business that wants to vend or advertise at the events, from the group’s Facebook page:
For businesses/vendors who would like to sponsor the pool, Parks and Rec has put together a special opportunity which would simplify permitting to sell/promote in the park and waive their % of your profit fee – to find out more, please send an email to [email protected].
So who is going to save summer for these kids?:
UPDATE: Looks like someone stepped up with a $1,200 loan so they group can continue fundraising. Only $600 to go, and little time to do it. From the group’s Facebook page:
Looks like we may have up to a $1200 loan (so we can keep fundraising after the parks deadline) which means we only need $600! Soooo close!
UPDATE 3:22 pm: Since we are secret shin-high water enthusiasts, we are donating $300 on behalf of Central District News and our sister site Capitol Hill Seattle. So by our count, that means only $300 left.
UPDATE 5:21 pm: Victory! The fundraising goal has been met, and the Powell Barnett Wading Pool will be open Saturdays all summer, according to organizers. You can still donate to help pay back the $1,200 loan, which they have all summer to raise.