Herreid group to receive $100,000 for pool project

Demolition begins on pool

The Herreid Area Housing Development, Inc., is one of six entities in South Dakota to receive a monetary match from the Wellmark Foundation.

According to a press release from the Wellmark Foundation, the six organizations will receive Matching Assets to Community Health grant funds, contingent upon securing the required dollar-for- dollar match.

“Each of these grantees are planning projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity,” stated Megan Garrett of the Wellmark Foundation in the release.

The Herreid Area House Development, Inc., is set to receive $100,000 from the foundation.

The pool project will upgrade and improve the current pool, which the town has had for about 60 years. Enhancements will include a diving board, slides, updates to the heater and mechanic room, new pool deck, ADA bathhouse, parking and public restrooms.

Other entities include Black Hills Works, Inc., in the amount of $100,000 for the Rapid City Bocce Ball Courts; city of Brookings in the amount of $75,000 for a pickleball complex; city of Mission in the amount of $100,000 for renovations and repairs to re-open the Mission City Swimming Pool; city Parkston in the amount of $100,000 for Papa’s Park; and the Sioux Falls Skatepark Association in the amount of $100,000 for a new state-of-the-art skatepark.

“Each project included here has the potential to make a positive, long-term impact on the overall health and well-being of their community which will enhance the quality of life for generations to come,” stated Mary Lawyer, executive director for The Wellmark Foundation in the release. “We’re excited to see the planning, focus and community engagement within each of the selected applications.”

The Wellmark Foundation has awarded $58 million in grant money since 1991 to initiatives positively impacting the well-being of those in Iowa and South Dakota.

Herreid Pool Committee Member Dick Warner stated construction on the pool with will begin this week, with teardown of the former facility.

As of Aug. 19, the committee was only $25,000 away from raising $950,000 for the project. See this week’s ad on page 12 for more information and how you can donate.

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