Tamarack Pool looks to purchase building through fundraiser
EUGENE, Ore. —
The saltwater Tamarack Pool in South Eugene is the only one of its kind between Portland and the San Francisco Bay area, according to pool directors. Now directors are hoping to upgrade the pool by purchasing the building that houses it.
Tamarack Pool directors held a news conference Sunday to discuss the future of the unique south Eugene pool. It's a saltwater pool and its temperature is usually around 92 degrees F. It's often used as therapy for those who suffer from ailments such as chronic pain and anxiety.
"I walked out differently than I walked in. It absolutely has given me my life back. And I'm here. I'm on this earth because of this facility," said Leni Bader, pool user.
From 2006 to 2010 the pool was part of the Tamarack Wellness Center. In 2011, the pool became its own nonprofit, known as the Tamarack Aquatic Center.
"People come because they can find relief here that they can't find elsewhere," said Susan Quash-Mah, Tamarack Pool nonprofit director.
However, in summer of 2011, the pool was shut down due to financial problems. After fundraising, the pool reopened and now, four years later, the directors are introducing a three-phase plan to solidify the future of Tamarack Pool. They plan to buy the property from their landlord.
"With the cooperation of our landlord, who has indicated that she would be willing to sell this property, we are in a mode to make that happen," Quash-Mah said.
Directors hope to raise $25,000 in phase one of the drive.
"So our initial effort is to get us in a financial position so we can build a foundation for the second phase," said Bill Zwicker, treasurer.
Phase two aims to raise $250,000 for a five year renewable option to buy the property. With this option, the landlord won't be able to sell the property before they buy.
Finally, phase three includes buying the property - a $2 million capital campaign.
"But it's very challenging to fundraise when you don't own the property. So that's why we're looking for this new approach," Zwicker said.
Directors say they also plan to fundraise anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 to use as a reserve for building upkeep.
If you'd like to donate, you can visit http://www.tamarackwellness.org/