State to Aid Memorial Pool Repairs

October 27, 2005

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today that a $50,000 state legislative grant he provided for the City of North Tonawanda will be used to complete the rehabilitation of Memorial Pool in Payne Park.

“A capital grant I secured for the city several years ago for improvements to Payne Park that, it subsequently turned out, could not be undertaken was in danger of lapsing,” said Assemblyman Schimminger. “Alderman at Large Larry Soos recently suggested to me that the funds be used to complete repairs to Memorial Pool. I agreed that it was a terrific idea, and now that he has won the support of the Mayor and the Council, we can redirect these funds to the pool rehabilitation.”

In 2002, Schimminger secured a Community Capital Assistance Program grant through the Assembly to assist the city with a comprehensive plan to enhance Payne Park. However, other matching grants the city had anticipated receiving to complete the work did not materialize and the project has since languished, putting the legislative grant in jeopardy.

“Memorial Pool was dedicated in 1947 and is one of just five remaining pools in the world designed by Wesley Blintz, a nationally acclaimed pool architect. To help preserve this landmark facility, which was visited over 10,000 times by children and adults this past summer, my colleagues and I on the Council allocated $80,000 this year to the Youth, Recreation and Parks Department for initial repairs. A new pool liner was just installed, and unexpected repairs had to be made to the pool’s drain and concrete surface, as well. The additional funds being provided by Assemblyman Schimminger will be used to undertake other needed repairs and improve the pool’s function and appearance,” said Alderman Soos.

According to Soos, the state grant funds will be used to sandblast or power wash the exterior of the pool; install new entrance doors, new glass block windows and a security system; refurbish the water slide; replace lockers; and acquire other equipment.

“Working with Alderman Soos, I’m glad that we’ve been able to keep these state grant monies here in North Tonawanda and ensure that area residents will continue to have the use of a top-notch recreational facility for many years to come,” concluded Schimminger.