continued “I think we should expand the language even more, because (the club) is such a community asset that it is not just for children … you do a tremendous amount of good for the community, and we certainly respect that and appreciate that,” he said.
Funding is still in the budget for next year, Buffardi added, because the pool is expected to reopen.
Major structural issues caused the pool to close, and the club has already raised around $240,000 towards repair costs, Bargy said. The organization is looking to raise around $85,000 more.
Anyone interested in making a donation to club’s Pool Pledge Drive can visit its website at bgcschenectady.org to donate through the website or print out a form to mail.
Bargy said the organization has also focused efforts on the Rotterdam clubhouse recently.
“There is a lot of time and money in the last two years that have gone into the facility,” Bargy said. “The Rotterdam building has been our focus in our organization to repair first, and now we will be moving on to some of our other facilities.”
This summer, the club completed an “extreme remodel” of its Rotterdam facility through a resident-led effort, which was supported by businesses and organizations throughout the community. The gym floor is currently being replaced at the facility, too.
“It has certainly become the jewel of Curry Road,” Buffardi said. “It certainly looks much better to reflect what goes on behind that façade.”