Wallace pool awarded $100k, moving forward with renovation | North Idaho News Now

Courtesy: Friends of the Wallace Pool

The Wallace Pool received a hefty donation from Hecla Mining Company Thursday, allowing it to move forward with a long-needed renovation.

The pool was originally closed during the summer of 2018 due to an unidentifiable leak. The closure would continue for two more years due to the lack of funds needed to repair the pool.

Friends of the Wallace Pool have been fundraising for the repairs ever since the closure, and this $100,000 donation from Hecla puts them at the completion mark.

"I'm very thankful for Hecla and all they have done and continue to do for our great community," Wallace Mayor Lynn Mogensen said to North Idaho News Now.

Right now the city has around $800,000 in the bank for this project, which gives the pool plenty of money to begin the process of repairing and reopening the pool.

"I want to thank Councilman (Dean) Cooper for all of his hard work getting the pool back open for the community," Mogensen said.

An initial bid for completion was $726,000. The most recent bid was $818,000, which was rejected. The city is now looking for another bid that would accompany its goal of finishing the project late this summer.

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