Corvallis Parks and Recreation's Osborn Aquatic Center installed new starting blocks this week for its 50-meter Olympic-sized competition pool. The new blocks were purchased and donated to the Center by the Corvallis Aquatic Team, a local nonprofit athletic organization that uses the pool nearly every day. The group raised about $47,000 in donations and pledges from local businesses, organizations and community members to help cover the acquisition and installation of the new equipment.
A "Block Party" to celebrate the installation will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. The event will feature an official unveiling of the blocks, as well as participation from local swim teams. The event is open to the public.
The new blocks replaced the old starting blocks, which had been part of the pool since it opened in 1979.
The installation represents an example of the sort of public-private partnership that can have a real impact on facilities such as Osborn Aquatic Center, which is operated by the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department.
"These equipment upgrades are critical to ensuring that Osborn Aquatic Center can be a competitive option when it comes to hosting regional and national events," said James Mellein, Aquatic Center Supervisor. "We are grateful for the excellent fundraising efforts of the Corvallis Aquatic Team and the generosity of its donors."
As many as 10 different local teams, clubs and organizations call Osborn Aquatics Center home at any given time. The Center hosts more than 25 regional, state and national events throughout the year.
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