Forks Athletic and Aquatic Club seeks county loan

PORT ANGELES — The Quillayute Valley Park and Recreation District is seeking a $50,000 loan from Clallam County to make repairs to the Forks Athletic and Aquatic Club.

The district would use the Opportunity Fund grant to fix the heating system and other parts of the facility at 91 Maple Ave.

“I think this facility is a huge, positive value to the community,” Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias said in a Monday work session.

“I see this as a really key facility to the community health of the West End.”

The Opportunity Fund is a portion of state sales tax that supports infrastructure projects in economically distressed rural counties.

Clallam County’s Opportunity Fund Advisory Board voted unanimously May 30 to recommend approval of the grant request.

No commissioner objected to a call for a July 25 public hearing on a debatable budget emergency that would provide spending authority for the grant.

Commissioner Bill Peach, whose district covers the West End, said the Forks Athletic and Aquatic Club is “very, very, very popular” with his constituents.

“On any evening during the course of the week,” Peach said, “the only other place in town that’s going to have as many cars parked out in front of it is going to be the grocery store.”

The club’s heating system, which is composed of two industrial heat pumps that were installed in 2000, has failed despite thousands of dollars in repairs, Quillayute Valley Parks and Recreation District Chairwoman Nedra Reed said in an April 10 letter to the county board.

“These heat pumps are the only source of heat and chlorine recovery for the major portion of the facility,” Reed said in her letter.

Other needs include the replacement of an obsolete fire alarm system, a new water filtration system and new siding on the exposed west side of the building.

“The wind and rain we experience has permeated the siding and has caused…

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