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Published April 19, 2011, 09:10 PM

Larimore, ND, Residents Working to Save Town Pool

Larimore's aging outdoor swimming pool could be closed if money isn't found for repairs. It will take hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix the failing equipment and crumbling infrastructure. But efforts have started to make sure the pool stays open.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Larimore's aging outdoor swimming pool could be closed if money isn't found for repairs. It will take hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix the failing equipment and crumbling infrastructure. But efforts have started to make sure the pool stays open.

Larimore park board president Dean Elfman says it would cost over $300,000 to fix the present pool. He doesn't know where that money would come from. But there is a least a little help on the way.

It's idle now, but come summer, the Larimore pool fills up with kids quick.

"It's like any other pool in a small town, it's a necessity for kids to have something to do in the summertime but it ain't a money maker," park board president Dean Elfman said.

Elfman Says it costs $10 - $15,000 a year to operate the pool. And now the pool, built in the 50's, needs some big repairs to plumbing and infrastructure.

"Over the years it deteriorated around the edges so water has gotten in behind the stem wall and washed away some stuff," Elfman said.

He says the pool will be open for this summer but he's not sure how long after that. The city needs to come up with funding totaling more than $300,000.

"I had to do something," Sandra Larson said.

Owner of Larson's Drive Inn, Sandra Larson is putting up some colorful cutouts in the window with names of people who donate.

"They can make any size donation whatsoever," Larson said.

So far that's brought about $150 for the pool fund.

"When I brought money up there last week, she said that this had gotten the word out more than anything else the city has done," Larson said.

Those that use the pool the most are trying to make sure the pool stays open. This week, Larimore Elementary students are holding a coin competition. Their goal is to raise about $2,000 by Friday.

"All the kids go there in the summer and it's really the most fun thing to do here in the summer. And everyone loves it," student Erin Fischer said.

Larimore will start looking for some matching grants that could be available. So far they have about $30,000 set aside for that but they say they need to raise much more.

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