As community members, philanthropic leaders and even elected officials called into a virtual town hall meeting hosted by the Columbia Park Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee on Monday night, they made one thing clear: the plan to renovate the park and its aquatic features needs to take into consideration the opinions of those who matter most, the residents of Turlock’s westside.
After the City Council appropriated $40,000 in funding for a facility evaluation study in November 2019, Aquatic Design Group conducted an assessment of the pool and spray ground at Columbia Park. There was a total of 18 violations discovered during the assessment, all of which pose a liability to the health and safety of the public and many that would not allow the pool to open legally, even if it could during the coronavirus pandemic.
This led City staff to create a Columbia Park Master Plan, which was presented to the City Council and the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission during a joint meeting in July. The plan features three rehabilitation options for the pool that would take care of its existing problems. Since the swimming pool was built in 1957, it has undergone minor renovations and facility updates. The pool has only been replastered once, in 1999.
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