Indoor pool one step closer to non-profit status


The process of creating a large multi-purpose indoor pool facility in Natchitoches through a non-profit corporation has begun. J.W. Scarbrough and Don Barker are two members of the organizing team of the 501c3 non-profit group, the Natchitoches Community Health and Exercise Education Association (NCH&EEA).

The Association purpose is to provide and promote recreational activities and improve the overall health and fitness of the region’s citizens. The Association will promote health related activities in the community and raise an estimated $12-15 million needed to build the indoor pool facility.

Since the first interest meeting in July 2018, Barker, Scarbrough and others meet regularly to plan. They visited the new YMCA facility on Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport and the Louisiana Tech indoor swimming pool in Ruston where they learned details of design, construction and management.

A voluntary minimum donation of $10 per meeting has been collected to help with organization costs. Ron and Leta Brown of Natchitoches donated $1,500 to cover the cost of incorporating the non-profit as a 501c3. David Waskom of Waskom, Brown and Associates donated his services.

Members are needed to assist with committee assignments and donations. NCH&EEA will meet the last Tuesday of each month at the Natchitoches Arts Center at 5:30 p.m.

The next meeting is March 26. For more information contact Barker at 318-357-1590 or JW Scarbrough at 318-357-8273 or 318-332-0721.