A physical pool inspection and a virtual stakeholders’ meeting took place in Patagonia on Dec. 8, 2020.

Friends of Patagonia Pool (FOPP) have contracted with Counsilman-Hunsaker Aquatics to physically assess the Patagonia Pool, review available records, take stakeholder/community input and produce an assessment report. It will be used to help determine the sustainability of the pool going forward. 

The report will provide an expert, unbiased opinion of the physical state of the pool and mechanical equipment, potential regulatory concerns, and estimated immediate, short-term, and long-term costs to maintain and operate the pool. 

The pool owners (the Town of Patagonia and the Patagonia Elementary and High School Districts) had voted this fall to extend the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that governs pool operation through February 2021 in order for FOPP to acquire this report, as a comprehensive assessment is an important tool for the pool owners as they decide on the best course of action for the future of the pool. FOPP will use the report to determine funding needs and look for financial and management partners and will share the report with the pool and the public. The report should be completed sometime in January. 

FOPP was also able to fund a thorough pool cleaning – a necessity after eight months of complete pool shutdown. The assessment and cleanup were made possible by grant funds from the South32 Hermosa Community Fund held at the Community Fund of Southern Arizona, the Patagonia Regional Community Fund, and by donations from many local pool supporters.

For more information, visit Counsilman-Hunsaker’s website at counsilmanhunsaker.com