Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau uses bond and development fees to add more space to swimmers.
Funding infusion is giving more space for North Portland children to make a splash.
Pool Peninsula, a public water hole at Route 700 Rosa Parks in the vicinity of Piedmont, reopened again, Monday 8th July, with more room – raising the maximum capacity for 296 swimmers from 188.
"Pool Peninsula" is a neighborhood deposit, said Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees Portland Parks & Recreation. "The upgrade will allow more users to enjoy the pool this summer."
The refurbishment and repair work was funded at $ 4,690,000, and the voter approved Parks Replacement Bond in 2014 provided $ 3.8 million.
New additions to the pool include a wall separating the deep end from the enlarged shallow area, which will host more swimming lessons and "free play" for young fishermen. There is also a new lift in the nearby Peninsula Community Center, which will enable people with disabilities to access basement classrooms and the dance studio.
"The Peninsula has a rich history serving a multicultural community," said Park Director & Rec Adena Long. "The extended pool is a place where more neighbors, family and friends can gather and make their summer memories."
Visitors will repeat the need for new lighting and gutters, as well as upgrading behind the views of water drainage and circulation, pumps, the boiler and the filtration system.
Mark Ross, spokesperson for Parks & Rec, said the project was reviving the pool "from the soil up."
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