Council approves plan to re-open Centennial pool in 2016
At Tuesday night’s Paso Robles City Council Meeting the council again addressed the topic of re-opening Centennial Pool. The conclusion of the report given by Library and Recreation Services Director Julie Dahlen was that, with taking into consideration all of the infrastructure improvements and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance measures, the timeline of re-opening the pool would realistically set it to open again in time for the 2016 swim season.
City staff proposed the following work duration estimates:
• Six months to prepare for and complete the ADA compliance upgrades at Municipal Pool. It will be necessary to close the pool for approximately one month during the construction phase, tentatively planned for mid-April to mid May 2016 in order to minimize disruption of year-round programming at the pool.
• Nine months for rehabilitation of Centennial Pool; to achieve an opening date of May 1, 2016 for the use of the pool by Lewis Middle School’s aquatics instruction, the project target start date is August 2015.
• Four months for programming Centennial Pool; to achieve an opening date of June 18, 2016, staff recruitment and program planning must begin in February, 2016.
The total cost of the pool rehabilitation project is about $510,000. The most time consuming part of the process is bringing the pool up to ADA compliance. Because the pool was closed for four years, ADA compliance standards have changed, and the pool must bring up the facilities to compliance. “None of the measures are discretionary,” said Dahlen.
The public urged the council to open the pool responsibly, but also as quickly as possible. Councilman Jim Reed said that, “it’s been four months that we’ve been talking about this, and it seems like it’s not any closer.”
Councilman Steve Gregory made the suggestion that the deck resurfacing be looked at, to determine if a “patch job” would render the deck adequate for use sooner. He suggested that the project be done in two parts, with ADA compliance being the first part, and then waiting on the full deck resurfacing and dedicated electric and gas until next year.
The council unanimously decided to receive and file the report. City staff will look into Gregory’s suggestion and present a new proposal to the council.