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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 2:32 pm

RUPERT – The Organization of Rupert Businesses (ORB) plans to promote the city’s swimming pool by hosting a Family Swim Night next month.

It plans the free event from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 13, at the pool. Normally it costs $3 per person to swim. There are season passes available at $75 per person or $175 for a family of six. Following the Family Swim Night, residents will be treated to goodies from various businesses.

ORB’s Quinn Montague approached the City Council about hosting the event Tuesday night.

“A couple months ago, we sat down and decided on some of the things we’d like to do in ORB. One of us came up with an idea that we would try to promote the use of the swimming pool a little bit. The idea was that we have a free swim night, and we thought we could work that out with the city somehow and help promote the pool. A lot of us business people put into the swimming pool,” he said.

Montague suggested the city and ORB could promote the event by highlighting the benefits of swimming.

“There’s a way to slant this toward improving health. Swimming is a healthy kind of thing- an aerobic type of exercise,” he said, and added, “It would be a good time to promote family passes and the pool’s swim class program.”

The pool opened to much fanfare about three years ago. The city shuttered the original 1959 pool around 2002. Years of repairs and band aid fixes finally took its toll, and the city permanently closed the old facility. Shortly after, the city, community members and business owners joined forces to raise money for a new swimming pool. The city applied for grants and put aside money normally earmarked for yearly pool maintenance into an account to raise money for a new pool. Residents and business owners also held fundraisers. The city also saved money by building the new pool on the original 1959 foundation that engineers deemed suitable enough for a new structure.  Final cost of the pool equaled $649,536.

The city opens the facility on Memorial Day and makes it available through August. It’s open seven days a week and is heated. It also comes with a kiddy pool, concession stand and updated restroom facilities. Private swim lessons are available, and residents may book the facility for parties. The pool is also home to the Rupert Sharks Swim Team.

It’s hoped that a free swim night will bring people to the pool who normally don’t attend and that they’ll see and take advantage of what the facility has to provide, said Rupert Parks and Recreation Director Mary Andersen.

“I feel like it would educate the public who normally do not participate in the pool. It would give them an opportunity to see what we have to offer,” she said.

ORB plans to advertise the event throughout the city and through various media.

“We want to get some participation. We want to contact some of the manufacturers and see if they’d like to provide treats for those who participate,” Montague said.

He also asked the city if it would cover the cost of life guards during the event, and the city agreed to do so.

 “It’s an opportunity for all the businesses in Rupert,” Councilman Todd McGhie said.

“I think it’s a great idea. I’d like to see it happen every year,” agreed Councilman Jim Bowers.

Montague said that having a free swim night should motivate residents to attend.

“Free is a good price. You top it off with a treat afterward, and that’s free too. I would expect there would be quite a batch of them. It sounds like fun,” he said.

Anderson agreed.

“We invite everybody to come see what we have to offer and to enjoy the Rupert pool,” she said. 

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