WILLIAMSTOWN -- Sand Springs Recreational Center announced today that it has raised $505,000 and is more than 90 percent to its goal.
Recent contributions include foundation grants totaling $37,500 and institutional pledges of $15,000.
In the next four weeks, the nonprofit organization needs to raise the remaining $45,000 in order to purchase the pool, which is located at 158 Sand Springs Rd., in time to open for the summer season.
The group’s plans include:
* Building a learn-to-swim program organized by Olympic gold medalist Samantha Livingstone and Carl Samuelson (long-time Williams College head swim coach).
* Opening a recreational center that will offer swimming, exercise machines, a sauna and hot tub, healthy summer suppers, basketball, volleyball, croquet and horseshoes while keeping membership fees affordable.
* Preserving a 250-year-old landmark that for generations has been a place to relax and take part in recreational activities.
As part of its final push, board members are meeting with donors and conducting a social media campaign.
"We can see the finish line," said Janette Kessler Dudley, president of Sand Springs Recreational Center, "but we won’t get there unless everyone who cares about this important community endeavor pitches in today to make it a reality.
Other members of the SSRC board include Joe Bergeron, Stephanie Boyd, Joe Cleary, Hugh Daley, Christina Howard (treasurer), Maryam Kamangar, Josiah Low, John McAlister, Steve Narey (clerk), Jane Patton, Carl Samuelson, Malcolm Smith, Jeff Stripp, and Jennifer Trainer Thompson.
To help support the effort to reopen historic Sand Springs, donations may be made by check to Sand Springs Recreational Center, Inc. at P. O. Box 800, Williamstown, MA 01267; or online at sandspringspool.org.
Sand Springs Recreational Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible. For more information or to make a donation, please contact the organizers at email@example.com.