Holland, Mich., 3/26/19 – Holland Community Aquatic Center (HCAC) has received a $25,000 competitive grant from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ). Announced in December and awarded last week, the grant helps fund the cost of the in-depth evaluations and planning needed to support the proposed expansion and renovation of the pool.
Steady growth over the past several years has brought the pool to capacity, making it difficult to accommodate simultaneous uses. HCAC applied for the grant last year when leadership determined they needed to grow to remain sustainable. The money from the grant will help pay for an economic impact study and concept design development with architects and engineers.
“When we stepped back to look at where we stood as an organization, we realized future growth was vital to serving the entire Holland community,” said Amanda Duimstra, general manager of HCAC. “This grant will help us understand the best ways to grow sustainably and meet the community’s needs going forward. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland area for their continued support in improving the Holland area.”
Working with architects and engineers who specialize in community natatoriums, HCAC identified several critical opportunities for improvement, and the organization developed a strategic plan for expansion and renovation. In January, the aquatic center’s board approved a 20-year renovation and construction bond proposal to fund the plan. Should the May 7 millage pass, it would add warm-water leisure access and a lap pool, updated wellness spaces, increased spectator seating and efficiency improvements.
“In making competitive grants, CFHZ looks for projects that are core to an organization’s mission, will have a lasting impact, and represent a turning point for the organization. HCAC’s Expansion Evaluation project reflects these key criteria,” said Elizabeth Kidd, vice president of community impact at the Community Foundation. “We are grateful for the high quality recreation and health opportunities HCAC provides to our community and look forward to watching how the Center grows in the coming months and years.”
About Holland Community Aquatic Center
Holland Community Aquatic Center (HCAC) is dedicated to inspiring the health and vitality of our community. Since 1968, Holland has relied on HCAC for access to high-quality natatorium facilities, For more information about HCAC and the Every Day campaign, visit https://everyday.hollandaquaticcenter.org.
About Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland AreaThe Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area seeks to ensure that our community thrives today, tomorrow, and forever by building our Community’s Endowment to support high impact charitable projects, helping donors achieve their charitable goals, and leading and partnering in community-level initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.cfhz.org.