Joint Club Project for 2013

Featuring the Wooster Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and Exchange Clubs

On Saturday, October 12, approximately twenty-five members of the Joint Service Clubs of Wooster joined the Friends of Christmas Run Pool to make some much needed repairs and enhancements to the pool area. New benches were installed in the seating area and the pump house was colourfully painted with the same “wave” design as the main building.

The Joint Service Clubs of Wooster is a collaboration of the Wooster Exchange Club,  the Kiwanis Club, the Noon Lions Club and the Rotary Club. For the past several years, they have joined together to adopt a project that improves quality of life in the Wooster  area. Last year, the Friends of Christmas Run Pool, headed by Brigid O’Connor, was  awarded the project, which consisted of people-power from the four clubs and approximately twenty-five hundred dollars in project seed money.

The family-oriented Christmas Run Pool was opened in 1947, but was threatened with  closure as a result of city budget issues in 2011.A group of concerned citizens set up a  fund through the Wayne County Community Foundation and began receiving donations  that have kept the pool open for the enjoyment of Wooster residents. However, several  projects to make the facility even better have been undertaken recently.

In addition to the work completed on Saturday, other enhancements, such as gutters  and downspouts and the painting of the main building have been made available  through the efforts of local companies, such as Curry Lumber, Schreiner Painting and  Alexander’s Sandblasting. Millersburg mural artist Ruston Baker was contracted to  provide the tropical scenes on the main building, complete with waves, palm trees and a  parrot. 

Future plans include the installation of an awning over the seating area and new  concrete decking.  O’Connor pointed out that the metal for the awning structure will be donated by Miller Supply, the awning by the Seaman Corporation and the awning  structure itself will be designed by Dick Lewellen Design.  They are still looking for a  welder to assist with that part of the project as they continue to improve this historic  recreational facility for generations to come.