Atlanta firm hired to manage new Bethel pool, gym

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The Bethel City Council has hired a Georgia firm to manage the city's new six-lane pool and exercise facility.

Reports say USA Pools of Atlanta has been awarded the contract to manage the pool, named Kuimarvik.

Kuimarvik is Yup'ik Eskimo for "place to swim."

USA Pools actually finished second in the city's scoring process, but still got the contract worth about $1.2 million annually when the city couldn't get the top-scoring process to provide plans or verify its physical address.

USA Pools will send staff members to western Alaska this month to start hiring.

User fees are expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and the city has $4 million from sales taxes set aside to fund operations.