(Photo by Ken Ross)
The pool surface work involves the preparation of the pool surface, application of three coats of epoxy paint to the inside of the pool and the painting of swim lanes and other pool markings. John Cook, aquatic center committee co-chair, remarked that the in-kind gift represented $35,000 of the estimated cost of the aquatic center. "This is an important gift coming at a critical time from a business that has been prominent in Cherokee for nearly a half century," Cook remarked.
Virg Harrison, President of HEG Painting Co, made the announcement with his two grandsons, James and Andrew Creel. "My grandsons will get the most out of this project," Harrison said. "We're doing this for them - for the future. I've raised my children in Cherokee and you won't find a finer place anywhere. This is what you do in a small town - people pull together to do great things."
Additional information concerning the Gillette Park/Family Aquatic Center project is available at city hall, at the Park and Recreation office in the Community Center, or from any Aquatic Center Committee member. Donations and pledges over a period up to five years have now been made by over 230 families, businesses and organizations.