Beaver Area Pool Fundraising
ABOUT the project
A 21st century pool for Beaver Valley
The pool was originally constructed and opened in 1933 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In its nearly 90 years, the pool has become a mainstay in the lives of residents throughout Brighton Township, Vanport, Beaver, Bridgewater and the surrounding communities.
Shaw Park is located at Gypsy Glen and Fifth Street and is named after Richard L. Shaw. Shaw was born in 1927 and came from humble beginnings. He would have been six years old when the original pool was built and as a child grew up just blocks from this new amenity. In high school, Shaw would take a job as a lifeguard at the pool working under borough manager, Jim Baker and eventually worked his way up to Pool Manager.
Shaw was a lifelong resident of Beaver County, a veteran of the US Army, and long-time president and CEO of Michael Baker Corporation. He was very active in many state and local organizations and according to The Beaver County Times, had business and political connections worldwide, which he never hesitated to use to help improve Beaver County.
People like Mr. Shaw were visionaries, thinking outside of the box and pushing for new and exciting things in their time. They met resistance and were challenged on all levels. But despite that resistance, they did not quit, because they believed in what they knew our region could become. We can honor their mission and their purpose while still taking steps to move forward and sustain the energy that they created.
Today, the structural integrity of the pool has been deemed unsafe and unfit for reopening. Like many buildings of its age, the damage is too far along to simply repair, and maintenance costs are unmanageable, causing it’s recent closing in 2019.
It is our mission to unite our area’s residents and businesses in our plight to rebuild and reinvent the existing location into a valuable asset for the future of our communities, “The Water Complex at Shaw Park”.
We have the opportunity to build on the strength and history of our area’s forefathers to help our community as a whole grow physically and intrinsically. If you love our area for its beauty and resources, you will understand the need for this growth to carry all of us into the future.
Help us create a space to bring people together so they can put their technology down and interact in meaningful ways and to reconnect on levels that ignite passion, energy, and excitement.
The Park Plan.
It is widely known that the borough has shared a cost analysis and proposals for several different levels of restructure, which also include upgrades to the current facilities in Shaw Park. Plans are not yet finalized, but we wanted to share the vision of what we plan to achieve.
Make a tax-deductible gift to the Water Complex at Shaw Park project fund through the Beaver County Foundation. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
To give by check:
Beaver County Foundation (memo Water Complex at Shaw Park or WCSP)
PO Box 569
Beaver, PA 15009
Or donate online at www.beavercountyfoundation.com/donate
The work has just begun to bring back the Beaver Area Pool. Currently, the following community members are serving on the Beaver Area Pool Committee. To find out how to get involved, sign up for our email updates or email firstname.lastname@example.org.