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Park District Makes Headway; Creates Joint Pool Committee

President reports on activities

By JESSE BURKHARDT

The Enterprise

The Mount Adams Park & Recreation District (MAPARD) has been relatively quiet, but there is action behind the scenes.

MAPARD President Dana Scheffler reported on several recent activities from the organization, which was created after a vote of the public in November 2010.

The board added two members in April, replacing two others that no longer could serve. Becky Williams of White Salmon took the place of Meghann Dallin of Bingen, who won last fall's election to the position, but then moved away from the area.

In another move, former Superior Court Judge Tom Reynolds of Trout Lake was selected to replace Stephanie Irving, whose other time commitments no longer allowed her to serve on the board.

MAPARD has launched a new Web site, which will have updates of district happenings and contact information for board members. Visit the site at:

http://MAPARD.wordpress.com.

The MAPARD has created a joint committee with Northside Community Education, a White Salmon-based organization, to attempt to find a way to construct a new swimming pool in the White Salmon area.

"Building a new pool is one of the most challenging things to do, let alone one with no financial backing from constituents," Scheffler said. "The committee will investigate the viability of a pool to serve the district."

Scheffler estimated it would be between three to 10 years before a new pool can be built.

The committee -- formed April 14 -- includes one member from MAPARD, one member from Northside, and three citizens at large.

Scheffler said there is room for more committee members.

"We're open to have more people on the committee from different parts of the district," Scheffler said. "We're interested in more people coming forward with ideas for projects. We're excited to get more of these projects going."

MAPARD meets on the second Thursday of each month, in the Skyline Hospital board room.

For more information on the joint committee, contact Scott Clements at (503) 329-1099.

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