Alex Olsen’s proposal was awarded $1,500 towards a $6,000 pool lift, required by ADA to keep the swimming pool open past January 13, 2013. OSD has a beautiful pool that students may use for exercise regiments, learning life saving skills, teamwork, endurance, and recreation.
The benefits of water exercise have been shown to improve well-being, intellectual development, emotional regulation, self-esteem, mood, sleep patterns and more. Due to changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), after January 31, 2013 all public pools are required to have a lift chair to provide pool access for those with physical disabilities.
FOSD partnered with OSD’s Nightmare Factory Haunted House to fund the purchase and installation of this required piece of equipment, and OSD’s pool remains open.