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Whidbey group raising money for proposed pool

Supporters of a new public pool on South Whidbey have formed a foundation to raise money for maintaining the facility once it's built.

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District has been planning a new $15.2 million pool and rec center. At the parks district meeting Wednesday, Deborah Holbert told commissioners that the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation is applying for nonprofit status with the state. The organization's mission is to raise money to support long-term maintenance for the rec center and pool.

The park's district current plan from O.R.B. Architects includes a leisure pool with a water slide, changing rooms, hot tub, two multi-purpose rooms for parties, plus offices, a kitchen, a climbing wall and fitness center.

On Monday, Aug. 11, parks commissioners will vote on a resolution to put a property tax increase on the November ballot to pay for the pool and rec center.

Supporters have already begun the campaign to convince voters to approve a ballot measure for a new pool and rec center. A large contingent of pool-backers marched in the Maxwelton Fourth of July parade with "Vote Yes" signs.

Parks commissioners will meet to discuss their plans for the center at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the United Methodist Church, corner of Third and Anthes streets in Langley.

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