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Polo pool needs a new building

Concession stand/restroom not up to code; Park Board launches fundraiser

Cielo Runte, 12, of Polo, keeps cool in the pool on a hot summer's day in June. The pool is a popular spot for people from in and around Polo, and the Park Board hopes people will step up and help it raise enough money to build a new concession/restoom building. The current one  fails to meet health and safety standards.
Cielo Runte, 12, of Polo, keeps cool in the pool on a hot summer's day in June. The pool is a popular spot for people from in and around Polo, and the Park Board hopes people will step up and help it raise enough money to build a new concession/restoom building. The current one fails to meet health and safety standards.

POLO – The Park Board aims to raise more than $30,000 to replace the restroom and concession building at the city pool after finding that the facility fails to meet health and safety standards.

An Ogle County Health Department inspection found that the building falls short of federal, state and county requirements, and it needs commercial refrigeration and preparation equipment as well as diaper-changing stations, electric hand dryers and soap dispensers in the restrooms, in addition to other improvements.

The facility must be razed and a new one built by next year to meet these standards, and the board and city administration formed a fundraising committee to pay for it, board President Larry Loomis said in a news release Thursday.

Donations can be made to an account at the First State Bank, and there will be a 50-50 raffle fundraiser with a drawing Dec. 7 during the annual Winter Carnival.

“It is hoped that between donations and the fundraiser that enough money will be raised so that a new facility will be able to be built by next year,” Loomis said. “Unfortunately if not, then there will be no concessions or restroom facilities outside of what is in the pool area until the new building can be built, equipped and paid for.”

The municipal pool and building opened in 1968, and the restroom area was rebuilt several years ago along with updated pool equipment after raising $78,000 in community donations.

The Polo Lions Club committed $7,000 and donated labor to the current project, which is estimated to cost between $30,000 and $35,000.

There’s not enough money in the park budget to pay for a new building, and there will be added financial strain as similar updates will be needed at Millard Deuth Westside Park by 2021 or its facility will have to close, Loomis said.

“There is virtually no money available to the city to do a project of the magnitude necessary to build a new facility.”

TO DONATE

Donations for a new pool concession and restroom facility can be made to the fundraising account set up at First State Bank, 211 S. Division Ave., Polo, IL 61064.

Go to poloil.org or call 815-946-3514 for more information.

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