Morro Bay pool talks continue

A tentative agreement is under way for a long-sought aquatic center in Morro Bay.

The San Luis Coastal school board will meet in closed session Tuesday to discuss the possible donation or lease of a portion of the former Morro Bay Elementary on Napa Street.

The city of Morro Bay, the county of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Coastal school district and the Morro Bay Community Pool Foundation are in the process of drafting a memorandum of understanding.

Support has been garnered from the Morro Bay and County Parks and recreation departments, said Karen Robert, foundation president.

The foundation was formed in 2008 as a nonprofit to build, maintain and possibly operate a year-round community aquatics center on the North Coast.

A feasibility study in May 2010 identified Morro Bay as the desired location.

Multiple locations for a pool in Morro Bay have been studied over the years, including 220 and 231 Atascadero Road, Coleman Park and various vacant parcels.

Morro Bay has been without a pool since 1999, when the high school pool was closed because it was no longer cost effective to maintain it.

The location now being considered is the field adjacent to Morro Bay Community Center and the Morro Bay Elementary school site.

“We have moved further along in the last three months than in the last 10 years,” Robert said.

“The bottom line is we all want the aquatic center in Morro Bay, and we are finally about to achieve that.”

Robert said the pool would likely serve residents from Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos and Cambria.

Fundraising efforts will begin once the site is dedicated, Robert said.

The entire process — fundraising, design, permitting and construction — is anticipated to take up to seven years.

“If the San Luis Coastal school board approves the land to be utilized for a pool, it will save us considerably on any fundraising efforts,” Robert said.

“What a phenomenal opportunity.”

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