Donations keep city pools open during hard times

July 8, 2009 7:57:29 AM PDT
Families and business owners in cities where municipal swimming pools are on the chopping block have been collecting money to keep their pools open this summer.Youngsters in Alexandria, Ind., sold cookies and stuffed piggy banks -- inspiring business owners and older folks to also donate, bringing in just over $40,000 to replace the city pool's leaking liner.

A citywide campaign in Philadelphia has netted $620,000, allowing more than half of the pools to stay open. A church in Toledo, Ohio, donated $5,000 for an inner city water playground.

Vanessa Hosier led efforts to save the pool in Alexandria, a town of about 6,000 people. She says the park wouldn't have been complete without the pool and that organizers wanted the children to believe they could save it.