Belmont Plaza Pool Deemed Seismically Unsafe; Temporarily Closed For Additional Inspections
2013-01-11 · By Editor
The Belmont Plaza Pool will be temporarily closed, effective immediately, due to a draft structural analysis that concludes the facility is seismically unsafe in the event of a moderate earthquake.
The City is acting in an abundance of caution for patrons and staff while City engineers review the draft analysis and inspect the facility to confirm the extent of its structural safety.
The temporary closure is expected to last approximately three weeks, and will only affect the indoor pool facility. After the review and inspections are complete, a decision will be made to reopen or keep the pool closed. The outdoor pools, locker rooms, and adjacent La Palapa Del-Mar restaurant will remain open at this time.
City staff is working with the aquatics community to minimize disruptions and help to identify alternative options and facilities.
The seismic issue recently came to light as a result of the analysis currently underway related to the revitalization plan for the entire pool complex, which opened in August 1968. The City Council authorized staff to develop options to modernize the existing pool complex.
Within 30 days City staff will present the City Council with long-term revitalization options that may include temporary solutions to restore pool access.