'Kids for Pools' fundraiser

Thursday, April 18th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Mayor Bill LaFortune is catching criticism over his latest plan to save Tulsa's swimming pools.

On Wednesday the mayor challenged Tulsan's to raise $300,000 by May 27th to keep 13 pools afloat this summer. But on radio station KRMG, it created a donation debate among listeners.

Mayor LaFortune says the plan should be viewed in the best light. "I think it ought to be a positive. It ought to be something that if you want to get involved do, if you don't, don't."

The money raised would mean five pools scheduled to stay closed in North Tulsa would remain open.

Meanwhile, a fast food chain is helping raise money to keep the pools open.

Arby's says it will donate one dollar from every Market Fresh Sandwhich Combo meal sold to the save the pools fund until the end of May. Arby's hopes to raise at least $30,000.

Park Friends will also accept donations in care of 'Pools for Kids.' They're at 707 South Houston, Suite 200, Tulsa, 74127. Or you can call in your donation at 596-2112.