BY JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
LINCOLN HEIGHTS – After being closed for several years, the public swimming pool at Lincoln Park is finally going to get a multi-million renovation that is expected to be completed next year. Officials are scheduled to gather today for a groundbreaking of the $10.5 million project.
The existing swimming pool built in 1951 and the bathhouse will be demolished. It will be replaced by a new 9,000 square-foot. swimming pool with an upgraded pump system, decorative pool decking, perimeter wall fencing, children water play area, landscaping, and irrigation.
Lincoln Heights residents have been waiting for a new pool for some time. In fact, work on the replacement pool was to have begun last fall but the bids submitted from contractors came in much higher that the $7.6 million budgeted for the project. Since then, officials from the Recreation and Parks Department and Council District 1 searched for funds to close the budget gap.
The backing for the now $10. 5 million pool comes from several sources, including the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Federal Community Development Black Grant 40th Program Year Funds and the LA County Prop A Funds.
The new pool is scheduled to open next year.
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Jacqueline Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based reporter who’s written for various media outlets such as Los Angeles Wave, The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News.
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