Visitors to the Huckleberry Festival in Bingen on Saturday, Sept. 7, will be able to try their arm at a dunk tank, learn more about the White Salmon Valley Pool project, and talk with Pool District Commissioners and other pool project volunteers.

“Plan – Build – Swim” is the motto for the White Salmon Valley Pool project, which is progressing on course. The Klickitat County Board of Adjustment approved the conditional-use permit to build a pool on a 1.4-acre site near Henkle Middle School on Loop Road, west of the Learning Center and south of the bus shelters. This Middle School site offers abundant space, a grassy surrounding area, ample parking, convenient walking/biking access via the Safe Routes to School, and the ability to integrate with school activities, and avoids neighborhood conflicts and disruptions. The Pool District is working with the White Salmon Valley School District, which owns the site property, toward a lease agreement that will permit official selection of the Middle School site and release of the Whitson site for other uses by the City of White Salmon.

The Pool District has received its first major donation toward the Pool Project Fund. A $50,000 donation was given in memory of Hank Balsiger and Linnie Talman, who were well known in the White Salmon area for their commitment to water fitness and promoting joyful community connections. The donors wish to remain anonymous. Additional tax-deductible donations may be made directly to the Pool Park District or through supporting 501(c)(3) organizations. Visit or email for details.

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