Centennial Pool on track for May opening
Council reallocates funds to replace damaged pool coping
–The Centennial Pool rehabilitation project is on schedule for its anticipated May 2016 opening with the Paso Robles City Council approving the transfer of $70,000 to replace the pool’s damaged coping at Tuesday’s meeting.
Defects to the coping, the material that caps the pool shell wall, were originally identified however the full extent of damage was not revealed until the pool was drained.
The additional cost for replacing the coping will be transferred from the General Fund Fuel Budget where sufficient funds are available due to fuel savings from lower gas prices. Council also voted to remove and not replace the water slide due to the high costs associated with its replacement and repair.
In 2008, the recession forced the city to close Centennial Pool to save costs, and it has been closed since. In 2015, the Paso Robles City Council directed city staff to find a way to re-open the pool for the 2016 swim season. They voted to spend more than $500,000 to bring the facility into compliance with current ADA requirements and other repairs.
On Saturday, April 30, the city’s first Mayor’s Fundraiser event will be staged at Centennial Park to help offset the costs of reopening the pool. “Everyone in the Pool” is a friendly and fun island themed evening event with food, beverages, entertainment and silent auctions. Everyone will have the opportunity to contribute to the pool fund, from the most modest individual donation to the larger corporate sponsors. Major sponsors will be commemorated with special “lifesaver” signage that will remain on display every summer.