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History of the WPCRC Pool

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1969 –1975 The North Side Community Council passed a resolution calling for a North Side swimming pool and community center. It took until 1974 to get the Madison Park Commissioners to recommend that the Mayor include a pool in his 1975 budget.

1989 – A pool study was completed and Warner Park was one of the sites recommended, along with Olin Turville to be one of three pools sites. City officials selected Olin Turville Park for the first pool …without the support of the neighborhoods… a big mistake. What they ended up with was the Preservation of Shoreland Parks Ordinance and no pool.

1994 – City Council member, Alder David Wallner, proposed that Madison build a large pool at Warner Park. On January 13, 1994 a meeting was held and the community, including people opposed to the Olin Turville pool, were very supportive of the Warner Pool. Mayor Soglin was willing to build the Warner pool and help raise money for it. The Northside Planning Council voted to endorse the Warner pool and did a feasibility study to see if they could raise the money to build the recreation center and the pool…they couldn’t do both … it was decided to do it in stages and that is where it sat for twenty years.

1994-2004 -The Warner pool was on hold until the Goodman Brothers offered the City $2 million for a pool. A 10–member pool committee recommended Franklin Field for the first pool and that a second pool would be built at Warner Park. The Circle of Friends (CoF) started raising funds for the Warner Pool. Mayor Cieslewicz put money in the City budget for the Warner Pool.

2008 – The pool was removed from the city budget. We knew if we wanted to get a pool built it would have to be done without City or County funds.

2015 – The City of Madison still doesn’t have any money in the budget for an Aquatic Health and Fitness Center that could be an economic generator for the Northside, the City of Madison, and Dane County. The CoF has proposed doing a financial feasibility study with the funds we have deposited with the Madison Parks Foundation. In order to move forward with the study we need a letter from the Mayor in support of the project based on the CoF raising the funds and showing the Aquatic Center will be self-supporting. If the report comes back that at this time it can’t be done without City funds we understand. To not try would be missing an opportunity to provide jobs, swimming lessons, rehab and fitness activities,that will be an asset to the entire community.

2016 –We continue to work on putting information together to build an Aquatic Health and Fitness Center that is self-supporting, without taxpayer’s dollars.

December-2015: Warner Pool Update

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The Circle of Friends received a letter from Eric Knepp, the Park Superintendent, informing us that the Warner pool was not included in the Parks 2016 Capital budget or the Capital Improvement Program for the years 2017 to 2021. No funding was included on the Executive Budget for the Warner pool as well.

It didn’t come as a surprise. We have known for some time now that there would be little or no city money. We believe we can raise the funds to build the Aquatic Health & Fitness Center that will cover the operating expenses without any taxpayer’s dollars. We are convinced the community will support a center that is open year round providing healthy exercise, affordable swimming lessons for the children, a splash pad and competitive swimming. We are basing this on the large swimming community in Dane County and the success of the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, WI.

The Circle of Friends has the funds and a firm lined up to do a financial feasibility study to see how much can be raised and to get community input. We have requested a letter from the Mayor, stating his support to build an Aquatic Center at Warner contingent on it requiring no city subsidy, funds to cover the first few years of gaps in operating expenses until it reaches scheduling capacity and an endowment fund to cover any unexpected expenses.

Without the support of the Mayor we cannot do a successful feasibility study. No feasibility study, no pool for several more years.

The Warner Aquatic Center will make a huge economic impact on the Northside, the City of Madison and Dane County by hosting local and regional swim meets and providing year round jobs.

2015 Sponsors

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MADISON CHIROPRACTIC – NORTH

DU WAYNE’S SALON

THE BORCHARDTS

CHICO’S VILLA TAP

CHET’S CAR CARE CENTER

JOHN & BETTY NICKA

HERITAGE CREDIT UNION

MC KINNEY DENTAL

JOANN WALKER

EDWARD JONES-JEFF PREBISH

FRANCES BRIDGE

LAURA KNOCHE

DONNA HELLENBRAND

BENVENUTO’S

PDQ FOOD STORES. INC.

PIERCE’S SUPERMARKET, INC.

COPPS GROCERY STORE

TRENDSETTERS by DIANE

WALGREENS

HY-VEE

CLUB LA MARK

 

POUNDING THE PAVEMENT FOR THE WARNER POOL – 2015

 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 29, 2015.  Join the Circle of Friends (CoF) for the annual Pounding the Pavement for the Warner Pool. Walk around the Warner Lagoon to show your support and raise funds for the Warner Park Pool. Registration and group photos start at 8:30 with the Walk at 9 am.

Make sure your neighborhood or group is listed on the walk t-shirt. All it takes is $100 or ten walkers at $10 each to form a team. Teams must register and pay the $100 fee by August 1, 2015 to have their names on the shirts.  Once your team is registered you can continue to add to your team right up to the time of the walk, but after August 15 they won’t be counted as additional team members to win the traveling trophy.

Individuals can register now and right up to the time of the walk. If you want to make sure you receive a shirt in your size it is best to register by August 1st, before we order the t-shirts, later the t-shirt sizes may be limited.

The Circle of Friends now has its own 501(c) (3.). Checks should be made out to the   Warner Park Community Recreation Center- Circle of Friends  or  WPCRC-CoF.  Mail or drop  off at 1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI 53704

Don’t be left out … get your neighborhood or group involved and show support for the Warner Pool. Start now to get your group of ten.

Any questions?   dborchardt1@charter.net

 

GO NORTHSIDE!

2014 Sponsors

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The Borchardts

DuWayne’’s Salon

Woodman’’s Food Market 

Liz Smith in Memory of John M. Fox

Geri Tori 

Chico’s Villa Tap

Madison Chiropractic – North

Chet’s Car Care

John & Betty Nicka 

BMO Harris Bank

American Family Insurance

Club La Mark

 McKinney Dental 

Ryan Funeral Home

JoAnn Walker

Fran Bridge 

Donna Hellenbrand

Jean Knoche

Schoeps Ice Cream * Madison Mallards * PDQ Food Stores * Pierce’s Northside Store * Benvenuto’s Inc. * Trendsetters by Diane   Copps * True Value + Walgreens * Esquire Club

 

Please patronize the above businesses to thank them for their commitment to our community!

2014 TEAMS

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AVON by BEV NINEDORF

BRENTWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION

CHET’S CAR CARE

CHICO’S VILLA TAP

DU WAYNE’S SALON

MARY’S CHEROKEE MARSHERS

SHERMAN NEIGHBORHOOD

SWIMMERS for the WARNER POOL

TEAM SARGENT

VERA COURT NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

WALK-A-ROUNDS

YOGA by LISA

2013 Sponsors

Check out our 2013 sponsors!

 

Sponsors:

MADISON CHIROPRACTIC INC.
DOROTHY & DICK BORCHARDT
CHET’S CAR CARE
DUWAYNE’S SALON
VILLA TAP
AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE
MCKINNEY DENTAL
HERITAGE CREDIT UNION
JOANN WALKER
ERNIE’S FROZEN YOGURT
WOODMAN’S FOOD MARKET
FRANCES BRIDGE
DONNA HELLENBRAND
BETTY & JOHN NICKA

 

Traveling Trophy Winners

2 015 – Chet’s Car Care Center
2014 – Team Sargent
2013 – Team Sargent
2012 – Cherokee Marshers
2011 – Melissa for Dane County
2010 – Meilssa for Dane County
2009 – DuWayne’s
2008 – Helen’s Hoofers
2007 – DuWayne’s
2006 – Northside Business Association

2013 Teams

Check out our teams for 2013!

Teams:

AVON by BEV NINEDORF
BRENTWOOD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
CHEROKEE MARSHERS
CHET’S CAR CARE
DAVID HART FAMILY
DUWAYNE’S SALON
EAST HIGH FABULOUS 50’S & FRIENDS
SHERMAN NEIGHBORHOOD
ST.PAUL’S POUNDERS
TEAM SARGENT
VERA COURT NEIGHBORHOOD
WALK-A-ROUNDS
WISCONSIN WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURS
YUBA VALLEY CHAMPS

Pounding the Pavement for a Warner Pool

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, August 24, 2013 join the Circle Of Friends (COF) for the 9th annual Pounding the Pavement for the Warner Pool. Walk around the Warner Lagoon to raise funds and show your support for Madison’s second pool.

Make sure your neighborhood, business, organization, family or friends are listed on the 2013 walk t-shirt. All it takes is $100 or ten walkers at $10 each to form a team. Teams and individuals must register and pay the $100 by August 1, 2013 to have their names on the shirts.  Once your team is registered, you can continue to add to your team right up to the time of the walk, but after August 16 they won’t be counted as additional team members to win the traveling trophy.

The COF goal is to have every neighborhood listed on the walk t-shirt. Start now to get your group of ten. Don’t be left out!

For those that don’t have a team you can still participate. You can register right up to the time of the walk! If you want to make sure you receive a shirt in your size it is best to register by August 1st, when we order the shirts.

For more information and registration forms stop in at the WPCRC or go to our webpage at http://friendsofwarner.com or email dborchardt1@charter.net .