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Co-ops help make recreation a reality

Residents in and near Boise City are closer to having a pool again thanks in part to help from two local cooperatives – Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI) and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC). They came together to donate $5,000 toward a fund to complete Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades at the facility or the splash pad pump house and electrical control building.

The Boise City Municipal Swimming Pool provided a means of social interaction, physical fitness and life‐saving skills to the residents of Cimarron County. The facility, originally built in 1966 and the only outdoor public swimming pool in the entire county, was closed midway through the summer of 2014, due to problems associated with the piping system. The pool has never reopened.

In 2016, a group of concerned citizens came together to find a way to restore the facility. The City of Boise City agreed to lease the swimming pool and a nearby basketball and tennis court facility to the group to repair, operate and maintain. The City Council appointed a Board of Directors to oversee the organization. In June 2016, the Boise City Recreation Foundation was established.

Alisha Griffith, foundation president, said, “We are so grateful to TCEC and PTCI for this contribution. The renovation, repair, and operation of the Boise City Municipal Swimming pool is a substantial financial undertaking. We are incredibly lucky to have such a supportive community. Individuals, businesses and community organizations are giving on behalf of this project. These donations are what allow this project to move forward.”

To date $110,000 has been raised. Estimated costs to repair the swimming pool, install a splash pad and operate the facility is around $206,000. Griffith said any business, community organization or individual interested in supporting the recreation foundation can contact them by phone at 682.999.9811.

Donations are being accepted in several ways:

  • In person at the Parker Furniture Store, 117 Main St., Boise City.
  • Via Mail to Boise City Recreation Foundation, PO Box 212, Boise City, Oklahoma, 73933.
  • Online at https://www.facebook.com/bcrecfoundation

PTCI and TCEC are local cooperatives serving Cimarron County and other areas in and around the Oklahoma Panhandle. Concern for Community is one of the seven cooperative principles. The two cooperatives share a common goal to improve the quality of life for their cooperative members.  

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Photo Cutline: L-R Boise City Recreation Foundation (BCRF) Board Members, John Smith, Amy Gonzalez, Kathy Parker, Beth Turner, PTCI Customer Services Representative, Amy Crawford, BCRF Board Member, Alisha Griffith, TCEC Service Technician, L.J. Ogden

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