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Centennial Pool in Paso Robles to reopen after 5-year closure

After a five-year closure, Paso Robles is set to reopen Centennial Pool, shown in 2015 before repairs were made.
After a five-year closure, Paso Robles is set to reopen Centennial Pool, shown in 2015 before repairs were made. The Tribune

After being closed for five years, Paso Robles’ Centennial Pool will reopen June 13.

The city will hold a grand reopening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. that day, which will include a ribbon-cutting.

The pool will open to swimmers at 1 p.m.

“The reopening of Centennial Pool is the result of the work of many,” Mayor Steve Martin said. “This long-awaited event demonstrates again the ‘can-do’ attitude of the people of Paso Robles.”

The pool was closed in 2011 as a cost-cutting measure.

The city needed to cut about $100,000 to $150,000 from its parks and recreation budget to make ends meet, said Julie Dahlen, city library and recreation services director.

Before the pool could reopen, it needed to be renovated to catch up on deferred maintenance.

The main item was replacing the stones that top the pool’s shell walls, which cost about $70,000.

Improvements to make the pool compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act were undertaken, along with repairs to the restroom ceilings, Dahlen said.

Martin and City Councilman Steve Gregory held a fundraiser April 30 at the pool, called “Everyone in the Pool,” that raised $75,000 to help defray the repair costs.

Centennial Pool, at 600 Nickerson Drive, and Municipal Pool, at 534 28th St., will be open Monday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. from June 13 to Aug. 20.

The daily swimming rate is $5, with a 10-visit pass available for $45.

To contact Centennial Pool, call 805-237-4866. For more information, go to www.prcity.com/recreation.

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