Ralls in competition to refresh community pool - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/10

Ralls in competition to refresh community pool

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Soda could save a South Plains' swimming pool. City leaders in Ralls are in the running for $250,000 from Pepsi. If they win, they'll use the funds to refurbish their nearly 60-year-old pool.

Folks in Ralls hope everyone will log onto the Internet and vote for their project. They say all it takes is one click to help keep a vital part of their community alive.  "It's active, even though it's old, our kids us it every day, and we absolutely need it," Ralls City Administrator J Rhett Parker said. 

Parker says they've been looking for a way to pay or a new pool for some time now. "Unfortunately, swimming pools are very expensive; we're talking about $700,000 to $1-million. So, the next best thing is to renovate one," Parker said. 

Parker explained that their pool manager is the one who heard about the Pepsi Refresh Grant Program. City leaders came up with a proposal and submitted their application in March.  "We submitted our application with 1,042 other grants," Parker said. 

Now, the Ralls project is in a popularity contest of sorts. The two proposals with the most votes will in $250,000 from Pepsi. "The Ralls swimming pool is actually most likely going to close with in the next two years if we don't restore it, and unfortunately there's not funding out there to get it; this is our opportunity right now," Parker said. 

Parker says the pool is essential to the community, averaging 66 to 100 swimmers each day its open. "Our motto for this is keep the kids in our pool and off the streets. Usually kids can get into a little bit of mischief if there's nothing else to do for them.  We're really hoping the rest of the South Plains and Lubbock will help vote for us so that we can go to the number one or number two positions and get this grant," Perry said.  

(Click Here) to log onto the Pepsi Refresh Grant Web Site.  From there you can vote for the Ralls project.  There's a limit of one vote per email account per day. Voting ends April 30th.

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