Globe pool project awarded $250,000 Freeport grant

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt Freeport McMoRan Community Development Specialist Robin Bradford says a few words about the Globe Community Center pool rehabilitation project.

Suspended in 2020 due to Covid-19, the Freeport McMoRan Community Investment Program’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) grant awards returned this year, recently issuing $300,000 in grant funding to three recipients.

This included a sizable boost for the Globe Community Center pool rehabilitation project, in the form of a $250,000 award – the largest single grant the program has ever awarded, according to Globe’s Economic and Community Development Director, Linda Oddonetto.

The city previously received grants of $100,000 from BHP for a splash pad and $50,000 from Arizona Complete Health, and Oddonetto said they have submitted applications for additional

funding.

With the CIF grant in hand, the city will move ahead on repairing the main pool and hopes to have it open by next summer. Oddonetto said they hope to sign a contract later this month, to get started on final design and engineering, and are looking forward to a May 2022 opening.

The city is looking at several options to rehabilitate the children’s pool; converting it to a splash pad, installing an additional splash pad or including a zero entry from the children’s pool into the main pool. Oddonetto said a “swim team” package that would include a bulkhead is also being considered.

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