For months, officials in the village of Lowell have been unsure whether the community would have a pool to use this summer.
The village, facing budget challenges following reduced federal, state and local funding, was having to pull money from the general fund to cover losses on the pool each season and said they could no longer afford to do so. Instead, they turned to the community, asking for donations of at least $4,000 so that the pool could open.
Residents and businesses responded, meeting the goal and ensuring there would be a safe, fun recreational option for those in the village this summer.
We hope now that the need was met for this year that those in Lowell continue to support the community pool, either by attending or donating. If the pool draws enough business, maybe a fund drive won't be necessary next year.
It's important to have a community pool, particularly for more rural areas where there may not be as many recreational opportunities once school is out for the summer.
We praise Lowell's officials for not just shutting it down when times got tough and the residents there for stepping up and keeping it open.
We hope people show their support for the pool by swimming there often this summer.