A group of Northside residents is working to raise $45,000 needed to open the neighborhood's swimming pool this summer, after the facility became the victim of the city's budget cuts.
The Working Families Movement of Northside held a rally March 24 to kickoff its fundraising effort. The group wants the pool at the city-owned McKie Recreation Center on Chase Avenue to open this summer, so neighborhood children — many of whom are low income — can use it during the warm weather months.
About 150 Northside residents attended the rally, and 600 people have signed a petition asking Cincinnati City Council to reconsider its decision for the pool's closure.
So far, about $2,000 has been raised for the effort.
"We're also going to be asking the city and the CRC and all of the big corporations in the city to give what they can, to pay their fair share," said Ellen Dienger, group president.
The Working Families Movement of Northside is a grassroots organization of residents who are mobilizing on economic and political issues affecting the neighborhood.
As part of a budget deal in January to avoid a $54.7 million deficit, City Council approved a spending plan that will leave 19 municipal swimming pools closed this summer. That leaves eight outdoor swimming pools that will open as scheduled.
Other pools affected are located in Bond Hill, Camp Washington, East Price Hill, Evanston, Fairview, Hartwell, Madisonville, Millvale, Mount Adams, Mount Washington, Over-the-Rhine, Oakley, Pleasant Ridge, Sayler Park, Walnut Hills, Westwood, the West End and Winton Hills.
For more information on the Northside effort, contact Dienger at 513-807-3839.