Thanks to the Generosity of Cincinnati 227,264 Swam at City Pools This Summer
Pools helped cool off during one of the hottest summers ever
Cincinnati – Mayor Mark Mallory and Stan Chesley would like to thank Cincinnati for their generosity in ensuring that Cincinnati’s pools remained open this summer so that young people had a safe and healthy place to swim and play. Led by Stan Chesley, Cincinnatians donated over $417,000 to make sure that 26 pools remained open and the swimming season was extended to 10 weeks. Mayor Mallory and City Council added $600,000 in City funding.
“This summer was hot, and we made sure that our young people had a place to cool off,” Mayor Mallory said. “This was evidence of how generous our community is. People know that recreation is an absolute priority for our City.”
“This summer was the best example of what makes our City great! The combination of City Council and private sector funds enabled us to open 26 pools this summer, the most pro-rata pools of any city in the United States,” Stan Chesley said. “This was one of the hottest summers on record, and we had no negative incidents, and no contaminations.”
“We must make sure that this continues to be a priority for our community and its children who have this rite of summer, and we cannot wait until the last minute to fund this, one of the most important projects for our City,” Chesley continued. “I thank all corporations and private citizens who make this possible.”
The $417,106 was raised through a variety of sources. Chesley raised $239,725 from local corporations, foundations, individuals, and from the City employee unions. Residents of neighborhoods across the city have helped with the “Save Our Pools” Campaign and have raised over $116,326 through penny drives, fun runs, kids knocking on doors, and generous individual donations. The Cincinnati Recreation Committee has raised an additional $61,055.
The donors who helped contribute to Chesley’s efforts include: Marilyn and Martin Wade, Julia and Robert Heidt, Carl Lindner, Jr. and American Financial, General Electric, Kroger, Macy’s, Procter & Gamble, Western & Southern Financial Fund, Castellini Foundation Grant Fund, London Correctional Institution Culture Awareness, Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48, Fraternal Order of Police, Sentinel Police Association Company Foundation, Hoist, and Stan Chesley and Susan Dlott Foundation, as well as an anonymous donation., Hamilton County Juvenile Court Advisory Council, Hamilton County Prosecutor, Joseph T. Deters (Drug & Education Money), AFSCME, Republic National Distributing