ANTIGO - Swimmers at the Clara McKenna Aquatic Center in Antigo will be able to breathe easier. That's because a big donation helped the center pay for new air handling equipment.
The Remington Foundation donated $100,000. The new air handlers will save the center more than $40,000 in utility costs. They'll also make the air healthier.
"The best thing about it is that the atmosphere at the pool is going to be better. We're going to be clearing our rooms of the chlorine smell. It's going to be healthier for our patrons, employees, and anyone who uses the facility," said Jeff Neufeld, the aquatic center director.
The new equipment will allow the center to recirculate air even if the outdoor temperature is low. That will help keep the air fresh in the winter.
The aquatic center director believes the new improvements will make the pool a better place for the community.
"This building itself is an investment for the community. It's a wonderful thing for our community to have. [This investment] will not only prolong the building itself, but also all the equipment that is housed in the two rooms," said Neufeld.
The center also got two anonymous donations that helped pay for the upgrades. The total project cost more than half a million dollars.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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