A large donation from the Westerville Aquatics Club, plus contributions from various local civic associations, will keep the Northland Swim Club afloat for another season.

A large donation from the Westerville Aquatics Club, plus contributions from various local civic associations, will keep the Northland Swim Club afloat for another season.

The outdoor pool at 5006 Almont Drive in Karmel-Woodward Park was in danger of not opening for the first time since 1965 as the result of a major equipment.

Northland Swim Club board members in early February set a deadline of March 1 in order to raise $10,000 to cover the repair to the pump, which failed last summer. Half that goal had been achieved by mid-February, and eventually, one of the major users as well as Northland neighborhood groups came through with the rest, according to board member and spokesman Robert Saunders.

"We're over the top," he said last week.

"Due to the generosity of our members and the community, Northland Swim Club will open on May 28," according to an email sent out by the board.

With an almost entirely new board of directors, sprinkled with some who bring with them considerable institutional memory about the community pool, things are looking up, Saunders indicated.

"It looks like we've turned the corner," he said. "There's a lot of new excitement and it looks good."

Repairs to the pump, a piece of equipment that must be overhauled annually, were under way last week. That's a necessary step, Saunders said, in order to begin filling the pool in time for the opening of a 46th season.

The near brush with demise, he said, may have been a kind of blessing in disguise.

"I think the big thing that happened was, this was not only good for the pool, for the pool to open, but it forced us to reach back out to the community and reestablish ourselves as part of the community," Saunders said.

The financial plight of the pool, he added, made some new community residents who weren't aware the Northland Swim Club exists and some longtime residents who thought it had gone out of existence aware of the pool's presence.

More information about membership in the pool is available at www.northlandswimclub.com.