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February 4, 2013 – Due to structural and seismic issues, the Belmont Plaza Pool “must be permanently shuttered to ensure the safety of the community,” announced city officials in a press release issued just prior to 3 p.m. today. Discussion on building a new permanent facility adjacent to the current one is to take place during the February 12 meeting of the Long Beach City Council.
The pool was closed temporarily on January 10 due to safety concerns that could be caused by a moderate earthquake. After reviewing a more thorough study of the facility, the city engineer and city building official determined that the pool is a “substandard building” and unsafe.
At the February 12 meeting, councilmembers are to be presented several options for a temporary facility, one of which is constructing a $4.2 million temporary outdoor pool in the adjacent parking lot that could be ready in five to eight months. Approval of the California Coastal Commission is required to build such a facility.
For more information on the temporary options and the proposed project, visit: www.longbeach.gov/cityclerk under the February 12 city council agenda.