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Vector Aquatic Center Moves Ahead!
The Old Easter Seals Pool Becomes the New Vector Aquatic Center: With the close of escrow on October 20, Vector Rehabilitation is proud to announce that plans for the Vector Aquatic Center are moving forward!
Located at 3289 Edgewood Road in Eureka, the former Easter Seals warm water therapy pool was closed in April due to funding issues. Vector and partners quickly banded together to save this important community resource. Working closely with Peter Pennekamp of the Humboldt Area Foundation and Leigh Pierre-Oetker of the McLean Foundation, Vector explored options to keep the only warm water therapy pool in the County available to those who so desperately need it.
The goal is to re-open the pool within the next 18 months, a task that became easier with the County’s announcement that they had been rewarded a Community Block Development Grant, with roughly $600,000 to be used to fund the pool project.
“My reaction is relief because we’ve been waiting since September to hear about that grant, but also joy,” Ruff said. “We can move forward with a project that is so good for the community and has great potential for Vector.”
The grant was celebrated with a reception at the pool on October 28th. Ruff said $300,000 of the grant would be put toward the purchase of the facility. The remaining funding will be used to rehabilitate and retrofit the pool and physical therapy clinic to meet disabled access standards.
"The community has rallied to save this aquatic center,” Peter Pennekamp, HAF Director said. “From prior users, friends and family to past board members of the old Easter Seals and local foundations, everyone has helped get us to today. The next step will require another community push, and we are up to it with Vector's leadership."
While the $600,000 grant will go a long ways to fund the extensive renovations required, it will not cover all expected expenses. Vector and partners are planning a capital campaign to fund the remaining costs for the project, and will be approaching the community for help with this vital project.
News stories on the closing of the Easter Seals Pool, and the Vector Aquatic Center:
Eureka Easter Seals to close (Times-Standard, 02/18/2010)
State budget cuts, the loss of a major business sponsor and exorbitant fixes needed at its pool facility have all combined to leave the Humboldt County chapter of Easter Seals no options other than to shut its doors, officials say …
See more of this story: www.times-standard.com/ci_14424955
Residents want more time to save Easter Seals pool in Eureka: Demonstration planned for Wednesday outside facility (Times-Standard, 04/27/2010)
The Easter Seals Eureka facility is set to close on Friday due to a lack of funding, but a group of concerned residents is demonstrating Wednesday outside the facility in hopes of getting more time to save the pool…
See more of this story: www.times-standard.com/ci_14966093
'Save the Pool' demonstration protests selling of Eureka Easter Seals facility (Times-Standard, 04/29/2010)
Demonstrators who could stand the rain came out Wednesday afternoon in an effort to prevent the Easter Seals facility in Eureka from going on the market …
See more of this story: www.times-standard.com/ci_14981592
Vector Rehabilitation offers hope for Eureka Easter Seals solution (Times-Standard, 05/03/2010)
The executive director of the Humboldt Area Foundation took Craig King's request to heart. Peter Pennekamp had been up since 5 a.m. Friday, preparing “constructive solutions” to wage a public relations battle to stop Easter Seals Northern California …
See more of this story: www.times-standard.com/ci_15005894
Vector Rehabilitation makes offer on Easter Seals building; answer expected today (Times-Standard, 05/14/2010)
A new energy efficient pool could be in the offing if Easter Seals Northern California accepts an offer by Vector Rehabilitation, the Humboldt Area Foundation and the McLean Foundation to purchase the heated therapy pool and adult daycare facility…
See more of this story: www.times-standard.com/ci_15084947
The Ripple Effect and the Easter Seals Pool (Times-Standard, 10/26/2010)
The Oct. 20 close of escrow on the Easter Seals pool is cause for celebration -- and a reminder of the ripple effect each of us can have in our community …
See more of this story: www.times-standard.com/ci_16435683
Humboldt County Easter Seals pool becomes Vector Aquatic Center (Times-Standard, 10/27/2010)
A ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday to officially celebrate the close of escrow and the renaming of the Easter Seals Pool to the Vector Aquatic Center …
See more of this story: www.times-standard.com/ci_16445140