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Washburn family donates $500,000 for new pool


December 5, 2021

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Gathered in front of the historic WPA-built bathhouse in Alva, city leaders and committee members accept a donation from the Washburn family for the planned aquatic center. Front row, from left, are: Adam Honeyman, Mayor Kelly Parker, Drue Washburn, Kirk Washburn, City Manager Angelica Brady, Kim Baugh and Dr. Kay Decker. Back row: Blake Jordan, Alyson McDermott Penco and Paul Barton.

The Hatfield Aquatic Center project received a gigantic boost Friday, Dec. 3, when the Washburn family presented a half million dollar donation to the fund. Kirk and Drue Washburn, who recently moved to Edmond, returned to Alva to present the $500,000. Kirk and Drue Washburn, Sarah and Liam Washburn, and Kami Washburn Hanan provided the donation in memory of Cory Washburn.

Kirk and Drue met with city staff (Mayor Kelly Parker and City Manager Angelica Brady) and members of the Pool Advisory Committee (Blake Jordan, Paul Barton, Kim Baugh, Alyson McDermott Penco, and Kay Decker) to give this much appreciated funding to the city. On behalf of the City of Alva and the Pool Advisory Committee, "we are deeply grateful to Kirk, Drue, Sarah, and Liam Washburn and Kami Hanan for remembering Cory in this way," said Kelly Parker.

Freedom West Community Development Corporation is serving as the non-profit recipient entity for the City of Alva for the Aquatic Center Project. Decker and Adam Honeyman represented Freedom West for the presentation.

Cory grew up in Alva and spent many summer days learning to swim in the Alva pool. Additionally, Drue taught swimming lessons to hundreds of Alva children at the city pool. According to Kirk, "the Washburn family felt that in providing this financial assistance to support the development and construction of a new aquatic facility that it would be an excellent memorial to Cory. Cory was active in civic organizations and was very involved in supporting Alva's progress." Kirk and Drue and Sarah and Liam have relocated to Edmond but continue to have lifelong friends and business interests in the Alva community. Kami Hanan (Cory's sister) and her family also live in Edmond.

For more information about the Aquatic Center Project, please contact any member of the Pool Advisory Committee, the mayor or the city manager. The project is moving forward with planning and fundraising efforts underway. Naming opportunities do exist for the project.

The advisory committee has been meeting weekly since Aug. 1 and is dedicated to bringing an aquatic facility back to Alva as rapidly as funding and plans will allow. The advisory committee invites any civic or service organization to consider sponsoring fundraising activities to assist with financing the development of the aquatic center.


Reader Comments(1)

RobinWallis writes:

Thank you, Washburn family! Even though I no longer live in Alva, I will always think of it as home. I spent so much time at the pool while growing up. I am so happy future generations will enjoy it also. What a beautiful tribute to Cory!


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