Buckman Pool has been in the spotlight over the past few years as being the pool that keeps coming back from the edge of city budget cuts.  Parks and Recreation would like to close the pool, citing low attendance and low rate of return.  Buckman Pool is the only Parks facility located in the central city/inner east side area.  With the recent surge in construction of apartment buildings, people will need more recreation opportunities, not fewer.  Until the city is able to raise $45 million to construct a new inner southeast community center at the corner of SE Stark and 12th Avenue, keeping Buckman open is important.
A group of us is looking into the possibility of creating a “Friends of Buckman Pool,” that would have non-profit status under the umbrella of the Parks Foundation. If we can put together a committed board of 8-10 people who would be willing to meet once a month and serve on committees such as outreach, events, fundraising, etc., then Commissioner Fritz would be willing to recommend us for adoption by the Parks Foundation.

What does this mean? It means that we can solicit tax-deductible contributions towards a Buckman Pool fund. This fund could help with upkeep/renovations, new equipment, or promotional events (2 tickets for the price of 1) to help create awareness of how awesome Buckman Pool is.

If you are interested in serving on this board, please e-mail Christine at buckmanpool@gmail.com.