Volunteers give NK pool a new splash of color

POULSBO — More than 30 weekend warriors and one professional painter gave the North Kitsap Community Pool a brand new look last week.

Volunteers spent days cleaning and preparing the interior walls of the pool building for fresh coats of green, gray and blue paint.

“It’s really looking sharp,” said Community Pool Advisory Committee spokeswoman Jan Harrison. “It was just an idea to give it a little more pop and make it more inviting. Now that we know we’re going to be around for a little while, it was time to put on a fresh coat.”

On Sunday, after walls had been prepped, the group of swimmers and non-swimmers alike organized a work party to spruce up the pool’s surroundings. The high-quality paint, which is meant to withstand the aquatic center’s moist environment and retails for about $57 per gallon, was supplied free of charge by Benjamin Moore Paint.

“This did not cost the school district one penny,” Harrison said.

Harrison also said preparing the building for its new look involved a lot of hard work and cleaning, but the actual painting went smoothly. The pricey pigment didn’t leave much of a smell, and only required a single coat.

“I went in there around 11:15 (a.m., Sunday), after they had been working about an hour and a half, and they were pulling tape and they were, I’d say, 75 percent done,” said Ray Donahue of Peninsula Paint, who helped organize the work party and secured the free paint.

The crew had some professional help from Mike Dale, owner of Poulsbo’s Big Valley Painting and a veteran of ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

“Mike is good at working with large groups and coordinating,” Donahue said.

Dale has worked with ABC several times over the past five years, after landing a lead paint coordinator job on a locally filmed 2004 show. He said working on the pool was similar to organizing the TV crew, but less stressful.

“It’s relatively the same exact thing, but on a smaller scale,” Dale said of the pool project. “Mentally, it’s the same exact feeling you get. It’s a really good time for me and a good feeling to give back to the community.”

To get the palette right and the walls looking spiffy, the group of volunteers enlisted the help of local designer Connie LaMont, of LaMont Design, Inc., who Dale has worked with many times before.

“She’s the best designer this county has,” Dale said. “She really makes us look good every time.”

The volunteers and pool staff made the whole project come together with ease, Dale said.

“I had a lot of fun with Jake (DeVries, NK pool coordinator) down there,” Dale said. “We had a lot of little kids painting. I just kind of made sure that their time down there was really enjoyable.”

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