Anonymous donor enables free Friday swimming

An anonymous donation by an Ashcroft business allows everyone to swim for free on Friday nights from July 5 to Aug. 30.

Thanks to an anonymous donation, the Village of Ashcroft is offering free public swimming every Friday night (5:30 – 8 pm) from July 5 – Aug. 30.

Ashcroft Mayor Andy Anderson said a local business recently came forward and wanted to sponsor a block of free swimming for residents at the public pool, but they didn’t think the Village should have to pay for it.

It was sort of a response to Cache Creek’s recent announcement of free swimming, he said.

“Thanks to whoever did it, it’s great!” he said, adding “I don’t even know who it is.”

The donation is equivalent to approximately $2,200.

“That’s a substantian donation to the Village,” said Administrator Michelle Allen.

Allen said they’re hoping that the free swimming will boost numbers on Friday nights, which is usually has a low usage rate compared to other public swims throughout the week. Saturday is still the businest.

“We haven’t had a noticeable decrease in the number of swimmers due to Cache Creek’s free swimming,” she said.