Schenectady, N.Y. – The Capital Region Aquatic Center’s Board of Directors announced today that The Wright Family Foundation of Schenectady has committed $3 million towards the construction of the new, year-round aquatic facility at Mohawk Harbor in downtown Schenectady.
The Wright Family Foundation supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for long-term and sustainable impact with a particular focus on neighborhood revitalization, jobs, and education. To date, the group has donated more than $23 million in more than 500 grants for community projects and programming.
“The multi-use Aquatic Center will be a community hub. This generous gift from the Wright Family Foundation shows the increasing community support and need for this Center and we look forward to continuing to build this coalition,” said Kara Haraden, board president of The Capital Region Aquatic Center.
“The Wright Family Foundation is pleased to support a project that touches all three of our mission impact areas by expanding the revitalization of downtown Schenectady, while at the same time providing jobs and education in a way that brings the community together in a world-class, state-of-the-art aquatic facility,” said Heather Ward, board chair, The Wright Family Foundation.
The state-of-the-art facility will hold four pools, including a 50-meter Olympic-size pool, for diverse swim programs such as learn to swim, exercise and rehabilitation, as well as training and competition. Plans also include ample spectator seating, classroom areas, meeting rooms, aquatic-focused exercise and weight room, studio/multi-purpose area, pro shop, concessions area and locker rooms.
The donation from The Wright Family Foundation comes on the heels of the Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) naming the aquatic facility as one of 12 “priority” projects in the region. The CREDC consists of local and business leaders and is one of 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) created by Governor Cuomo to reinvigorate economic development and improve the overall business climate statewide.
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