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Thanks for generosity

To the Editor:

It is with great appreciation that I would like to thank the residents of all five Grosse Pointes for your part in the final completion of the new Neff Park pool in the City of Grosse Pointe. Everyone has been so generous to us to support our residents and staff while waiting for this project to be completed. And completed it was on Tuesday, July 2.

Thanks to the cities of Grosse Pointe Park, Farms, Shores and Woods for allowing the citizens of the City of Grosse Pointe to use your pool facilities for the open swimming enjoyment. This was extremely kind and appreciated, especially on those 90-degree days.

Thanks to Terry Solomon of Grosse Pointe Park, who allowed our lifeguard staff space for retraining prior to the season and Dick Huhn of Grosse Pointe Farms, who shared his facility for a coaches meeting. The support Terry, Dick, Missy Warnack of Grosse Pointe Woods, Jim Cookie of Grosse Pointe Shores, and Fred Jacobson of St. Clair Shores has been tremendous throughout this entire project for the past three years. I am blessed to have such wonderful fellow directors to work with in our communities.

Much appreciation goes to the Grosse Pointe School System, Dr. Klein, Chris Fenton and John Fundukian for their efforts in allowing us to use Brownell and Pierce pools for our swim team, synchronized swim team and swimming lessons. They helped us to begin our season as close to normal as possible without a home site.

Enormous gratitude to the mayor and city council members for their continuous diligence throughout the project. Thanks to our Chief Fincham and the Grosse Pointe Public Safety Department who so compassionately shared their firehouse with my staff so we could complete our CPR training in a warm and dry space. Much appreciation must go to Tim VandenBoom and the Grosse Pointe Department of Public Works for their numerous hours of time needed to make the areas around the pool safe and visually acceptable for the public prior to the opening. They also spent an enormous amount of time clearing the park's parking lot of construction debris, piles of dirt and other sundry items so our park attendees could have ample parking space. Appreciation goes to Gary Huevare for helping to complete those necessary details. Much gratitude must go to Paul Witzel, Brian Vick and Mike Overton for following the entire project through to completion. They were the continuous catalyst for the project. And to Bob Wakely, architect, for his constant dedication and perseverance to the overall project. Finally to my lifeguards who hung in there working on various other city projects and maintaining the recreation program. Their perseverance and dedication to their duties is highly commendable.

I am truly blessed to work with such wonderful people and to be a part of the most giving and caring community. Thanks to all for all you have done to support this enormous project.

Diane R. Zedan

Parks & Recreation Director City of Grosse Pointe

Diane R. Zedan
July 11, 2002

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