MIFFLINTOWN - The Central Juniata Park, commonly known as the Mifflin Pool, has been hit hard this year by ... oh, just name it.
How about weather conditions;
Closing of the "old" river bridge and its impact on foot traffic of children coming from Mifflintown;
Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Katie Norris, of Mifflin, jumps off the diving board
Thursday at the Central Juniata Park Pool in Mifflin.
The risinig cost of chemicals, insurance and general maintenance.
In response to all of that, scheduled in July and August are a series of fundraisers by local businesses and nonprofit organizations in an attempt to raise money for the pool.
On July 15, the park began offering a one-time family membership for $80 and a single membership for $40 as an incentive for new members to join. In addition to this, the park is featuring a two for one deal on admission on Tuesdays throughout the summer. The cost is $3.
In addition to park incentives, various sponsors throughout the county have offered to host a series of events to raise money.
The events and fundraisers are as follows:
July 20: Pool Day. 12-6 p.m., free hot dogs and games will be available. This event is sponsored by First National Bank.
July 22-Aug. 2: Swimming lessons. Three different class levels from 1-4 will be held at 10-11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and levels 5, 6, and 7 will be determined by sign up. Call 436-8917 to reserve. The cost is $30-$35 per swimmer.
July 25: Free splash party. 6-8 p.m., free food and drinks will be available. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.
Aug. 10: Free admission day with food. Noon-6 p.m. This event is sponsored by Heaven Bound Church.
Aug. 17: Free splash party with backpack giveaway. 6-8 p.m This event is for students only. This event is sponsored by Aldersgate Methodist Church.
The Central Juniata Park is currently accepting donations to help support the community pool and keep it up and running. The pool has been a place of entertainment and employment for years and the community hopes to keep the tradition going for a long time. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to The Central Juniata Park, P.O. Box 487, Mifflin, PA 17058.
The pool will also be holding coupon night at area restaurants toward the end of July and beginning of August. The coupons can be picked up at the pool and must be used during allocated times and dates. Proceeds will be applied to the park on the condition that a coupon is present. The coupon can be presented at the following times and dates:
From 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 7, the RedZone Sports Grill, Mifflintown.
From 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 29, at Juniata Junction Restaurant, Mifflintown.
From 6 a.m-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bread of Life Restaurant, McAlisterville.