March 15, 1999
The Valley Recreation Association continues to foster the dream of building an indoor swimming pool in the lower Snoqualmie Valley in memory of Steve Rush and John Eastman. For over two decades, the Eastman-Rush Foundation sought to fulfill this dream. Extensive plans were made to build a large facility, but the fundraising for it never took off.
About two years ago, it looked like the dream had died. Thankfully, some members of our Valley joined the Foundation's Board in an effort to reorganize and revitalize the dream.
In many ways, this means we are starting just a little ahead of ground-zero. To mark this new beginning, a little over a year ago, the Foundation changed its name to the Valley Recreation Association. We have laid out the steps we need to take:
One of the things we have learned is that running a swimming pool is very expensive. Non-governmental organizations that have swimming pools almost always also offer other recreation and community activities to help support the whole program. But we don't want to build a facility the community doesn't need. That is why we will take Steps 1 and 2 so carefully.
Another thing we have learned is that without a strong community base of support, it doesn't matter what the financial numbers show. So you can show your support now by volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors, donating money to the cause, and helping with two special mailings.
For more information, please call me (425-333-4254) or write to the Valley Recreation Association; P.O. Box 522; Carnation, WA 98014-0522.
Jeffrey Spencer, president, Valley Recreation Association