Coatesville has been without a public pool for three years now, but a new nonprofit founded by city activist Alphonso Newsuan is working on changing that, writes Erin McCarthy for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“In these summer months, our kids have nothing to do,” said Newsuan.
This is Newsuan’s second attempt to re-open the Ash Park pool, once a summer oasis for many city families. Last June, he started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to raise the $275,000 needed to repair and re-open the pool. However, that effort failed to get off the ground.
With Movement Community Development Corporation, Newsuan is taking a different approach. He is offering sweatshirts, t-shirts, and mugs for sale on the group’s website, along with a donation option for the pool fund.
He has also held several events, like a July block party that drew thousands of people and raised some much-needed funds. However, the group still has a long way to go, and Newsuan believes that, realistically, the pool will not re-open before 2020.
“As far as opening the pool, if we make it a place of destination” with safety, good lighting, and even swim classes, said Newsuan, “I believe it can sustain itself.”
Read more about the Ash Park pool in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.