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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Parks and Recreation levy passes with 66%


August 2, 2017

Jaryd Cline

STAYING COOL: The Goldendale Swimming Pool is enjoyed by kids and adults on a warm summer afternoon. More than 10,000 people have used the pool this year.

Central Klickitat County Park & Recreation District Manager Lori Anderson sat at her computer inside the Goldendale Swimming Pool facilities, refreshing the Klickitat County August voting web page over and over again, hoping to see if the Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District's (CKCPRD) new maintenance and operations levy would pass.

At 8:08 P.m. Tuesday night, the results were in. The levy would get the 60-percent vote needed and then some, garnering 1,147 yes votes to 582 no votes for a 66.34 yes-vote percentage.

"I'm very, very happy," Anderson said right after answering the phone Tuesday night. "It's very exciting with bright things ahead."

Anderson, at the pool on dollar swim night, saw the results and immediately blew her whistle and announced to a packed pool that the levy had passed, drawing applause from many of the adults at the pool.

"I've been on pins and needles all day," she said.

And with good reason.

The levy needed a 60 percent voter approval to pass, and also was dependent on having enough voters to certify the election which requires a turnout of at least 40% of the voters from the last general election (November 2016).

District Chairman Jennifer Smith and Anderson were confident the levy would pass, but had a fall back plan set up in case it didn't.

If it didn't pass this week, they had another shot at getting the 60-percent mark when the November elections rolled around. But if the levy were to fail in the November elections, the CKCPRD would be forced to close down the pool as well as put a halt to the youth sports, art classes etc.

"We would finish operating through the end of this year but we wouldn't continue these programs or open the pool back up (in 2018) if we don't get the levy passed," Smith said in an earlier interview.

First and foremost, the majority of the parks and recreation budget goes to pool upkeep and utilities. In the last few years, the CKCPRD has taken on some additional costs of running a handful of extra programs such as the youth soccer and youth football programs. Around 120 kids compete in youth soccer each fall while youth football has turnouts of approximately 60 kids.

It also has provided swim lessons to over 1586 kids from the following school districts Goldendale, Centerville, Klickitat, Wishram, Roosevelt and Sherman County Youth Programs since 2012. CKCPRD charges a fee to the school districts for these lessons. While also providing group swimming lessons to over 1558 youth based on the American Red Cross learn to swim program.

Another source of income comes from offering First Aid/CPR Training primarily to local businesses and organizations. Since 2008 over 500 individuals were certified in First Aid/CPR, by Anderson, who is certified to not only teach American Red Cross Lifeguard Classes but also Red Cross First aid/CPR classes. The pool also has drawn over 16,000 people in each of the previous two years, and more than 10,000 people so far this year have used the pool.

The CKCPRD also upkeeps the Little Klickitat River Trail, as well as the new disc golf course that was installed last fall.


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