Saturday, March 17, 2018

[Listen] New efforts underway for community pool in Fortuna; Last week’s top stories

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Humboldt Last Week (11:56): Efforts are currently underway looking into the possibility of building a community pool in Fortuna, potentially at the site of an upcoming community center off Newburg Road.

According to the Times Standard, the McLean Foundation set aside a spot in the new complex for a pool so long as the community builds and runs it.

“Community pools have many proven benefits,” says the narrator in this video produced by Fortuna High School students. “...Improving wellness and longevity for the local population, recreation and sports opportunities for youth, health and fitness opportunities for seniors, decreasing drowning risks, contributing to the local economy, and more.”

A fundraising campaign is now active as a committee is looking to fund a feasibility study determining whether or not the Eel River Valley wants a community pool, how many people will use it, how big it should be, operational costs, and other important questions.

Also according to this release from the City of Fortuna, they’re looking for people to sit on a board that could potentially evaluate the answers to those questions.

This writer is a huge fan of the idea, especially if there’s a fun kids section that his daughter can play in.

The story begins at 11:56.

Also covered

Sara Bareilles is likely getting involved in an “Alice in Wonderland” musical, suspects plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges in a hash lab explosion in Rio Dell, a wrongful death claim in Arcata, our neighbors up north say no to commercial cannabis, hundreds of Humboldt students participated in events hoping for less gun violence, Leafly lists the best places to “blaze up” (or just visit) in Humboldt, crime updates, and other top stories from last week.

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