Constituencies Served by the Pool Facility
The St. Matthew’s pool, with its adjacent play area is a valuable resource used and enjoyed by multiple St. Matthew’s Parish and School groups and organizations. St. Matthew’s Parish School uses the pool for physical education, swim team practice and competitions, and for D.E.E.P., the School’s Diving Education Enrichment Program. St. Matthew's Day Camp uses the pool extensively daily during summer. The Parish and School Parent and Infant-Toddler program enjoys the play area adjacent to the pool, and Boy Scout Troop 223, a fixture at St. Matthew’s Parish for over 60 years, uses the pool for Scouting activities and programs.
The current pool was built in 1968 and is need of significant renovation. Architects Pica + Sullivan conducted surveys and drafted a series of design options for the remodeling of the pool. St. Matthew’s Facilities Committee selected the option best suited to serve space and budget needs.
To minimize disruption to pool users and programs, the proposed pool remodel project is scheduled to commence in October 2017 at the end of swim season, and conclude before Scouts Aquatic Program and St. Matthew’s Summer Day Camp begins. The target date for ground breaking is November 2017, with the project scheduled for completion by June 2018.
The cost to remodel the pool is approximately $1.768 million and will include demolition of the existing pool structure, construction of a retaining wall, the new pool, remodeling changing rooms, restrooms, and bleacher seating, resurfacing the adjacent parking area, and improving picnic and play areas.
Pool Remodeling Project Funding
Funding the Pool Project is a collaborative philanthropic effort of the multiple stakeholders who rely on the pool; St. Matthew’s Parish School, the Parish of St. Matthew’s Day Camp, and Boy Scout Troop 223. Fundraising for the Pool Renovation Project began during the 2014-2015 school year. Brochures were mailed to approximately 2,400 households, including School, Parish, Day Camp, Boy Scout Troop 223 and alumni families. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have raised a substantial portion of the total cost of the pool renovation. We have achieved 80% of our $1.768 million Pool Project Campaign goal. Additional contributions are most welcome.
Neighbors of St. Matthew's Parish and School were notified about the Pool Project by mail, and a copy of the Letter to Neighbors is posted on the Neighbors page.
Donor Recognition Opportunities
Gifts $5,000 and above will be recognized on the donor recognition wall. All gifts under $5,000 will be recognized on the Pool Project Donor Roll
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Pool Project Campaign Committee
- Darren Seidel, Chair
- Stuart Work, Head of School
- Greg Cortese, Vestry Representative
- Mark Albert, Lead Gifts
- Billy Jones, Day Camp Board President 2015-2016
- Mike Davis, Day Camp Board President 2016-2017
- Tony Hocking, Day Camp Board President 2017-2018
- Mike Lanning, Boy Scout Troop 223
- Jay Mortenson, Trustee
- John Quinn, Alumni Swim Coach
- Courtney Quinn Wyman, Alumna Swimmer
For additional information or to speak with the Campaign Office, please contact:
- Stuart Work, Head of School, (310) 454-1350 x146
- Carol O'Day, Director of Advancement, (310) 454-1350 x155
- Michaela Carmichael, Assistant Director of Advancement (310) 454-1350 x156