The Legacy Foundation presents a check to the Patagonia Regional Aquatics Center to help pay for a heater to extend the pool’s season. (From left) Margaret Hepburn, CEO, Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, Samantha Carlson, PRAC treasurer, and Joseph Delgado, Legacy Foundation Board member.

News Release

In January, the Legacy Foundation awarded Patagonia Regional Aquatics Center (PRAC) a $43,000 Innovative Grant. The Legacy Foundation awards organizations that align with their mission of “promoting population health and community wellness throughout Southeast Arizona.” PRAC’s mission is to raise funds for the operations and maintenance of the Patagonia Pool. We are responsible for the annual budget each year.

PRAC’s new and innovative idea is to heat the water and possibly extend the pool’s season. We were awarded the funds to purchase a heater, upgrade the mechanical room, and pay the cost of labor. We were also tasked to raise an additional $57,000 as a match. Thanks to very generous and enthusiastic supporters, we are nearing the completion of the match. 

Operating a community swimming pool is expensive and we appreciate every generous act of participation. Additional funds will be needed to meet the annual operating budget until an endowment is in place. If you are interested in contributing your talents and/or expertise in building the endowment, please let us know (contact info below). The current PRAC group does not have the skill set needed for the next step.

We appreciate – and need – your time, in-kind contributions, and funds, and invite your participation in the many fun and fundraising events. The January Polar Plunge yielded $834 and the February Yard Sale raised over $3,000. March/April events will be announced in the PRT’s weekly e-newsletter. 

Contact info:

PRAC, P.O. Box 1052 Patagonia, AZ 85624