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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Aquatic Center wins Star Award; funds used for security

WORLAND – Every year the Pinnacle Bank's Festival of Trees raises money for local community charities and non-profit organizations. Organizations and charities who wish to be considered submit their request to the bank in writing before a specific deadline each year. The bank also offers the Pinnacle Star Award, which is considered the "grand prize."

 

January 5, 2018

Tracie Mitchell

David Villa

WORLAND – Every year the Pinnacle Bank's Festival of Trees raises money for local community charities and non-profit organizations. Organizations and charities who wish to be considered submit their request to the bank in writing before a specific deadline each year. The bank also offers the Pinnacle Star Award, which is considered the "grand prize." To receive the grand prize, organizations must also include extra information about why the money is needed, who would benefit and how the overall community would benefit.

This year the Worland Aquatic Center was selected to receive the Pinnacle Star Award of $1,805 for the installation of a security system with three cameras set up around the pools inside and a monitor in the office. "I think it [receiving the Star Award] was awesome; I was surprised and just really appreciative that we were awarded that. I think just having that security system out there, providing that safety for everybody is a big thing. It just adds that much more for the community that's using the facility," Worland Aquatic Center Director David Villa said. He added that at this time there was no specific time set-up for when the system would be installed.

The Worland Aquatic Center offers a variety of different activities year-round with special events such as the Easter egg hunt, to be held March 31, which is free for everyone, the Crazy Cowboy and Buckaroo Triathlon in July, battleship and the Call of Duty water gun fight. Villa explained that battleship involves canoes with four-person crews who are attempting to sink the other canoes by throwing water into their canoes and that the water gun fight is done in the evening where the only lights on are the pool lights.

Villa stated that public swim runs from the time the pool opens until it closes and that many other activities happen at the same time. "There is a lot to offer. At any given day you have swim lessons [youth and adult], you have people swimming laps, you have people sitting in the hot tub and in the therapy pool all at the same time," Villa said. He added that for people who are looking for a quiet time that mid-morning is usually the best.

The Boy Scouts use the pool year round for their badge certifications and the Bureau of Land Management Hot Shots use the pool for their training every year Villa said. "It's kind of like a boot camp type training, so it's kind of fun watching that," Villa said.

Villa stated that he would like to encourage people who haven't been to the pool to come see all that the pool has to offer, that the chlorine levels are low but still safe, a chairlift is available to help those who need assistance entering and exiting the therapy pool and hot tub and that life guards are always on duty. He added that the life guards are certified for both the regular pool and the waterslide.

The Pinnacle Bank Festival of Trees raised $25,800 which was distributed between 39 local organizations.

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Online: http://www.worlandaquaticcenter.com

 
 

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