Roanoke City Swims

July 2, 2020

When Roanoke City announced budget cuts that would close Washington Park Pool and Fallon Park Pool through 2021, a group of concerned citizens came together to raise funds to ensure the community had access to these pools for the summer of 2021. American National Bank’s Carolyn Kiser and Matthew Hubbard, along with, Carilion Clinic were among those integral in getting community support for this fundraising effort.

The initial goal was to raise $32,500 to replace the funding that Roanoke City Council had to cut from the budget, and since early June, the group has raised over $53,000 from over 200 donors.

The Kirk Family YMCA will use the majority of the $20,000 gift to provide 125 individuals with three months of swim lessons. Additionally, the YMCA will subsidize a three-month membership for individuals or families enrolled in swim lessons. Remaining funds will be used to provide 20 youth with a swim team scholarship for the upcoming season and for transportation vouchers to assist with getting participants and their families to and from the YMCA.

 “I’m beyond grateful to the incredible donors that have stepped up to support this campaign and the community, said John Fishwick.” “Children will now have an opportunity to learn to swim this year and a place for entertainment, exercise, and community next year when the pools reopen,” said Fishwick.

“Providing our youth access to water is so important, and teaching them to how to be safe in and around water is one of the most valuable skills the YMCA can provide, said Mark Johnson, President and CEO of the YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. “It not only saves lives, but it also builds confidence,” said Johnson.

The first session of swim lessons will begin in August and can accommodate up to 40 swimmers. For more information on this program visit or contact the Kirk Family YMCA at 540-342-9622.