The Town of Fredonia was recently notified that it is the recipient of a $176,400 grant for a new swimming pool. The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant was awarded through the National Park Service.

Fredonia Town Manager Philip Cushman said the grant was extremely welcome, and adds impetus to the ongoing project. “We have a time limitation of three years on the grant, so we need to get going.”

While everyone dreams of an enormous new Olympic size pool, what finally will get built comes down to how much money can be raised. “Right now, we are looking at an entire rebuild as the best course of action,” said Cushman.

The Fredonia Killer Whales swim team has used the pool as a practice place and home base for quite a few years now. The team has been seriously competitive with much larger communities, and has been a source of community pride.

Cushman said Fredonia has a pool/swim committee that has already been active in fundraising, including raising $1700 on one event alone. He said the committee’s efforts have been assisted by $33,000 in funds contributed by the Kaibab Paiute Tribe. They’re also counting on Coconino County contributing as well. So far, including a dedicated property sale by the town for the pool, they’ve raised about $300,000.

The new town manager said the pool rebuild will have positive economic benefits for Fredonia. “It’d be great to be able to host high school and collegiate competitions here,” said Cushman.

He added that people outside of Fredonia enjoy using the facility for exercise and hot summer relief. “It’d be great if all those who enjoy the pool would step up to help with raising money. It’s going to take a large community effort.”

While there will be more information in the Southern Utah News concerning the pool fund-raising efforts, Cushman said anyone wanting to donate can send a check to the Fredonia Town Office at 25 N. Main Street, Fredonia, AZ, 86022. Please make note that the donation is for the new pool.