Friends of the UNH Outdoor Pool Organizational Meeting

Members of the Durham-UNH community have organized a group, the Friends of the UNH Outdoor Pool (FUNHOP), with the goal of working with the Town of Durham as well as the University of New Hampshire in order to preserve this historic and highly utilized facility.

Community members interested in participating in this effort are invited to attend an organizational meeting on Wednesday, July 31st at 7:30 P.M. at the new Durham Town Library at 49 Madbury Road.

At this meeting, people will be brought up to date with matters that pertain to the UNH Outdoor Pool by community members and plans will be discussed to work toward the continued preservation of the pool, as well ideas for enhancing it.

Organizers Kenny Rotner, Dudley Dudley, and others invite community members to learn more about FUNHOP on Facebook, sign a petition in support of preserving the pool, and contact FUNHOP through its website.


2 thoughts on “Friends of the UNH Outdoor Pool Organizational Meeting

  1. Mike Gauthier

    I like the pool, because I’ve used it for 15 years. But, my understanding is, the people who use it most are people from Durham. That town won’t fund it, presumably having insufficient funds. The position of the people who want it to remain seems to be, they like it, but they don’t want to vote for higher taxes in their town to support it. Am I wrong? Do they simply want UNH, the least well supported state university in the country BY FAR, to continue to support it? If that’s not in the interest of the university, then why should UNH do that? Simply because the people of Durham would like them to?

    1. juliar1122

      Thanks for you contribution to the discussion! While it’s true that most students are away in the summer, a large percent of the people using the pool are UNH faculty, staff, and alumni who have chosen to live in Durham and raise their families there. The “town-gown” divide is not as stark as it may seem. Also, UNH camps and programs use the pool heavily.

      Please join us at our meeting on Thurs August 15 at 7:00 pm in the library. We are entertaining many creative proposals, including joint supoprt by the town and university, among other ideas!


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