South Bend pool holds fundraiser in effort to re-open it

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A South Bend community pool, open for decades, is shut down due to a lack of funding.

Swanson Highlands Pool first opened in 1960 and now, nearly 60 years later, the community is fighting to keep the water splashing.

“We don’t have any money, there’s a lack of funds," said Tom Denunzio, Swanson Pool Board Vice President.

No money means no access to the water at Swanson Highlands Pool.

Denunzio says the old board simply dissolved, leaving it up to new board members to collect the cash.

“This is one of the first things to get us back a little bit, try to raise some money, the community has been great you can see the turnout," said Denunzio.

“No brainer at all as soon as they mentioned it I thought were there," said Mary Lord, a South Bend grandmother.

Lord, who was a member of the pool 25 years ago, heard about the Swanson Highlands Pool fundraiser while at church, Sunday morning.

“I don’t like change, not change where you’re losing something that means something to you," said Lord.

Denunzio believes the pool will be fine in the long-term but in the short-term, he says there’s simply no timetable for when it might re-open. 

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