Designated: Pollock Pool Endowment Fund

Pollock Community Water Park is a jewel in the heart of Oshkosh.

The facility draws residents and visitors alike for the kind of waterpark fun most would drive hours to find, but at a fraction of the cost.

In 2005, the Community Foundation led a $7 million fundraising campaign to build the facility at the site of the dilapidated old city pool. Since it opened in 2006, more than 372,000 people have walked through the gates.

And it all started with two significant anonymous donations - one to the build the pool, and another to create the Pollock Pool Endowment Fund, a Designated Fund to support maintenance into perpetuity. Countless contributions- from children's penny jars to civic clubs' fundraising campaigns - have supported the pool project.

"Other (communities') pools wish they had an endowment to help keep user fees down like we do," says Ray Maurer, Oshkosh parks director, who adds that the facility relies on little tax payer support.

This fund, along with an admissions endowment fund to offset fees for low-income residents, continues to garner strong support from donors.

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