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Garden Hills residents nearing goal for pool house
by Bobby Tedder
November 22, 2013 03:40 PM | 1879 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / An artist’s rendering of the planned new Garden Hills pool house.
Special Photo / An artist’s rendering of the planned new Garden Hills pool house.
A consortium of residential groups is closing in on their goal to fund construction of a new pool house in Buckhead’s Garden Hills neighborhood.

Supporters say the $750,000 project would replace the existing structure, an aging building in a state of disrepair.

The latest endeavor launched as part of the fundraising campaign, the 2013 Taste of Garden Hills Gala, also yielded favorable returns earlier this month.

“Our fundraising efforts have been extremely successful,” said Janet Tomko, co-chair of the event.

While organizers are still “crunching” the numbers, early estimates have the gala raising north of $50,000.

“That’s not bad for a neighborhood party,” Tomko said. “We could not be more thrilled with the outcome.

“We had nearly a 25 percent increase in attendance this year, with over 300 friends and neighbors gathered for what truly was a [sampling] of the best of what our neighborhood has to offer.”

Proponents have labeled the proposed new pool house an asset to the community and city.

The current structure, already not handicapped-accessible, has been plagued by frozen and broken water pipes, overflowing and broken bathrooms and deteriorating flooring.

“The city had no money for construction or repairs, so we have reached out to our residents and neighborhoods across Atlanta to raise the funds for the project,” Tomko said. “We are thrilled that we have had donations come in from zip codes throughout the city.”

Taste of Garden Hills Gala co-chair Bob Schneider said the new facility is scheduled to open next spring.

“But we are still trying to close a gap to cover construction costs,” Schneider said.

More than 45 percent of the pool members live outside of the neighborhood in communities, he said.

Four neighborhood groups have joined forces in the campaign: the Garden Hills Civic Association, the Garden Hills Pool and Park Association, the Garden Hills Garden Club and the Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation.

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