The City of Fircrest, Washington, has announced a $3 million commitment from the Names Family Foundation in support of a new municipal pool and community center.
The largest gift in the city's history will help fund an $18 million project that replaces the current pool and community center, which is nearly sixty years old. With an earlier pledge of $1 million from the Bill and Joyce Edwards Foundation, $1.75 million from the state legislature, and $750,000 from the city's own reserves, the city has now raised $6.5 million toward its goal of securing $8.5 million in philanthropic gifts and public grants for the project. The remaining cost of the Fircrest Pool and Community Center will be financed by a park bond approved by local voters in 2018.
Established in 1996 by Evelyn (Sis) and Scott Names, who ran Scott's Athletic Equipment store in nearby Lakewood for forty-two years, the Names Family Foundation awards grants in the areas of health, wellness, and physical education in the Tacoma area and Pierce County.
"Fircrest will always have a special place in my heart, and I am truly excited to see what the future looks like for the city," said Monica Names King, secretary of the foundation board and a granddaughter of the founders.
"The Names family has an incredible legacy of investing in gyms and recreational facilities throughout the region, and we're honored that they are making such a historic pledge here in the city," said Fircrest mayor Hunter George. "Generations of residents of Fircrest and neighboring areas have grown up in our recreational facility. The Names Family Foundation is helping us ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to grow."