- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A new $25 million pool is finally a reality for Bethel residents.

KYUK (http://is.gd/OSuV66) reports that hundreds of people attended the grand opening of the long-awaited pool on Saturday. A soft opening was held the previous weekend.

The pool is part of a complex that also has a weight room, hot tub and exercise room.

The facility is named Kuimarvik (KWEEM’-uh-vik), which is Yup’ik Eskimo for “place to swim.” Locals hope the pool will help reduce the high drowning rate in the region.

The project was funded largely with state money. The city has added a half-percent sales tax to pay for operations. A local windmill provides some of the electricity.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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