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Glenn Hall Pool neighbors, Q-Balls give big for more swim time this summer

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For the third year in a row, budget cuts reduced programs and swim hours at local pools, but donations from generous neighbors – and a local rock ’n roll band – pulled together to give water-lovers in East Sacramento additional splash time at Glenn Hall Pool this summer.

“It’s going to mean a lot to many people to have the pool to splash around in this summer,” Steve Harriman, River Park Neighborhood Association board member said Wednesday. “For some kids in the city, going to a pool is all they have.”

The fundraising campaign will allow the pool to open for recreational swimming from 1 to 5 p.m. on on Fridays and Sundays, June 29 through Aug. 19.

Open recreation swim times are also offered at Doyle Park Pool, Clunie Pool in McKinley Park and the wading pool at Bertha Henschel Park.

According to a press release from City Councilman Steve Cohn’s office, the River Park Neighborhood Association’s fundraising effort, together with a grant from the concert series Pops in the Park and a $1,000 contribution from local rock band Q-Balls will allow residents more than 66 additional hours of swim time this summer.

“I’m really excited about this because the people in River Park have done a lot to make this happen,” Cohn said Wednesday. “They’ve raised money three or four years in a row now, and they are still doing it.”

Cohn said the cost to add a single hour of additional recreation swim time at Glenn Hall Pool is $150, and the group raised a total of $10,000.

Harriman said past fundraising efforts for Glenn Hall Pool have included car washes, bake sales and even a door-to-door flyer distribution campaign to encourage donations.

“People are feeling fundraising fatigue right now,” Harriman said. “The good news is, there are some people who are in a financial position to do something, and they care enough to do so.”

The River Park Neighborhood Association isn’t done yet, Cohn said. The group will continue their fundraising efforts with the hope of adding even more swim hours.

“We have an eight-week schedule now, but the more we collect, the more hours we can add,” Cohn said.

Tax deductible donations to the effort can be made through the city’s Gifts to Share program. For more information, contact Cohn’s CIty Hall office, or the River Park Neighborhood Association on their website.

Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @MelissaCorker.

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