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Grant to fund safety initiatives at Hopkins Pool

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
Kaite Schultz of Kirkland, 11, left, and Zach Hickey of Cortland, 15, take turns diving into the water on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Hopkins Park pool in DeKalb. The DeKalb Park District was one of 25 recipients of nearly $200,000 in grants reserved to fund public safety initiatives. The district's share will be $6,243.90, which will help offer educational programs during swimming lessons, and provide free life jackets during open swim.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Kaite Schultz of Kirkland, 11, left, and Zach Hickey of Cortland, 15, take turns diving into the water on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Hopkins Park pool in DeKalb. The DeKalb Park District was one of 25 recipients of nearly $200,000 in grants reserved to fund public safety initiatives. The district's share will be $6,243.90, which will help offer educational programs during swimming lessons, and provide free life jackets during open swim.

DeKALB – A grant from ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus will allow the DeKalb Park District to fund two safety initiatives at the Hopkins Park Pool, according to Executive Director Amy Doll.

The park district was one of 25 recipients of nearly $200,000 in grants reserved to fund public safety initiatives. The district's share will be $6,243.90, which will help offer educational programs during swimming lessons, and provide free life jackets during open swim.

The second initiative, which Doll said will require a majority of the funding, is an update of the public address system the pool uses for safety and evacuation announcements.

"Overhauling the public address system was a safety issue we were looking at anyway, and timing of the ComEd grant opportunity worked really well for the district," Doll said. "We need to have a working public address system for that facility."

This year, ComEd's Powering Safe Communities program has increased the amount of funds it is allocating, as well as the number of municipalities it helps, according to a news release. Selected regions can improve the efficiency and delivery of public safety programs, increase community resiliency, and address unmet safety needs, the release says.

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