Rep. Clark Secures $1M to Help Reopen WBGC Aquatics Facility

By Chris Wangler
March 7, 2024
 

Working with state and local partners, Democratic Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) has announced $1,046,103 in federal funding for an HVAC project at the Waltham Boys & Girls Club.

In a statement, Club Executive Director Erica Young and Board President Chris Demeo said they were “immensely grateful” to Clark’s office for repair funding that will allow the club to resume “lifesaving swim instruction and water safety education to all children, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.”

 

Young said that the HVAC system shut down in 2020, forcing the closure of the facility and suspension of all associated programming.

The club plans to use the $1 million in federal funding to repair the system, as well as an additional $500,000 for other improvements.

The City of Waltham has already awarded the club $100,000. Additional funding has been requested, with the goal of bringing the facility back online.

“Reopening our aquatics facility means reinstating a vital resource that has saved lives and nurtured future leaders for more than eight decades,” WGBC club officials said.

If community members have questions or would like to get involved, they can reach out to Erica Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A release from Rep. Clark’s office said the federal funding appropriation for the club was part of $11 million in funding for 13 community projects across Massachusetts’ Fifth Congressional District, which includes Waltham.

 

In recent years, Clark has appropriated funding for a variety of projects in Waltham, including senior and low-income health care, COVID relief, child care and watershed infrastructure.  

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