The last publicly-owned pool in Salem is fighting for its survival. The pool, at 1310 A Street, first opened in the summer of 1934 and is in need of major repairs, including resurfacing. Due to cuts in city funding, the pool, which is owned by the Salem-Keiser school district, is currently managed by Mid-Valley Aquatics, a non-profit organization that provides swimming lessons and training at Olinger and is responsible for maintenance and repair of the pool. Now, Mid-Valley Aquatics is seeking the public help to raise the funds needed for crucial repairs.
Without these repairs the future of Olinger is bleak. The bottom of the pool is disintegrating, paint is flaking, plaster on the bulk-head is breaking off in chunks, and the pool leaks water. Most of the repair work can only be done when the pool is fully drained. To prevent major cracking during drainage, repairs must be done in the summer when the ground is dry and soil pressure is reduced. Mid-Valley Aquatics hopes to raise $15-20,000 by August, and begin repair work shortly thereafter.
Olinger Pool is a beloved and important community resource. Each year, over 500 children, including those with special needs, learn to swim at Olinger, through Mid-Valley Aquatics programs. Local military groups and search-and-rescue teams use the facility for training. Athletes, including first-time swim team members, nationally-competitive high school and collegiate swimmers, water polo clubs, masters swim teams, and triathletes train at Olinger. In the recent past, before funding cuts, the pool was open to everyone, during certain hours, for individual lap swim and family swim. Mid-Valley Aquatics is hoping that, with the public’s support, it can continue providing all these valuable programs to the residents of Salem.
To make a donation please go to the Crowdrise/Gofundme page: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/mid-valley-aquatics1