The pools are open! All City residents can beat the heat this summer with the official start of swim season. Mayor Nutter celebrated the opening of 70 city swimming pools on Wednesday.
He praised the Splash and Summer FUNd, which finances the 70 pools. First Niagara, a financial group was able to rally 25 companies to raise 88 percent of the $600,000 goal. Recreation centers, local groups and individuals were able to come up with the leftover 12% of funding.
This is not the first year First Niagara played a vital role in funding the city’s pools. First Niagara’s president Bob Kane says of their charitable donations, “When we committed to the pools with a $400,000 investment in 2010, we didn’t just want to open them and walk away.”
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He continued, “We wanted to make sure that the Recreation Department had the resources they needed to open every pool again this year.”