While it's still over six months away, the community of Luseland is getting excited for the upcoming swimming season. Construction has started on their new swimming pool and is slated to be opened in the summer of 2019.
Adam Franko is a Member of the New Luseland Pool Committee. He said they have had crews of volunteers braving the winter weather to help make some progress on the new pool building.
"It wasn't the initial plan but we are relying a lot on volunteers. With mother nature not playing nice for harvest season, we didn't have a whole lot of volunteers. We had to wait for harvest wrapped up and that put us into the winter weather."
However, with a few weeks of mild weather, the work has been moving along quite nice according to Franko. "We actually got the pool service shack, the walls are up, the roof is shingled and we have the wiring going on it right now. We hope to pour the rest of the floor inside in early February."
With the service shack up, the new facility is starting to take shop. He noted that they are hoping to continue construction, as long as the weather allows it.
There is a push to get everything ready in time for summer. Franko said their opening date is still set for Canada Day, "We are planning to be open July 1st, with the first swimming lessons starting two weeks after that and then carry on with the normal programming from there."
This way the town won't have to miss an entire season of swimming.
As of December 20th, the committee has raised around 86% of the needed funds or $1,027,401.
"We're doing quite well." Franko said they have had a tremendous amount of community support for fundraising, "With the traction we've had with donations, we're confident we'll get it all raised before the facility opens."
The estimated price tag of the facility is $1,200,000.
The New Pool Committee will be hosting a Dueling Pianos night on April 20th, to help with their fundraising efforts.
Donations are also being accepted at the Luseland Town Office.
The original Luseland Pool was built in 1967, making it just over 50 years old before construction started in the fall of 2018. The pool had aquired some natural wear and tear over the years, and the town decided it was time to upgrade.
The new facility will be built over top of the old one, with new buildings added around the pool.