GUSTINE - The Gustine municipal pool could reopen to some activities next week, with open swims resuming in July.
Tiffany Vitorino, the city’s recreation manager, told Mattos Newspapers that she anticipates being able to open the pool for lap swims and Zumba sessions Monday, June 14.
Swim lessons and swim skill strengthening sessions are tentatively set to start June 21, Vitorino said, with July 4 marking the first open swim of the season.
Repairs to the pool are still being completed, Vitorino explained last week.
The city had initially hoped to open the pool in early June, City Manager Doug Dunford said, but completion of the repairs was delayed when another leak was found.
The city offered limited programs last year and no open swim sessions.
“July 4 will be our first open swim. That will be our test to see how it goes,” Vitorino said.
She hopes to also offer movie nights at the pool. The facility will be able to host night swims because the pool lights have been replaced, Vitorino noted.
The swim strengthening classes will offer a mix of structured activities and free swim time.
“We will have only 20 participants for that, so they will have the pool to themselves,” Vitorino stated.
The city may offer pool rentals in July and August, she added, but will not start taking reservations until after July 4.
Community interest in the aquatics programs has been strong, she said.
“The phone calls have been crazy,” Vitorino remarked. “People are just looking for anything to get their kids out and moving.”
The city has invested about $50,000 in pool repairs ahead of the summer swim season - which Dunford said reflects the maintenance requirements of the aging facility.
The city has applied for grant funding to renovate the pool as part of an overall upgrade of Henry Miller Park, Dunford noted.
If the grant funding does not materialize, he stated, the city will face significant maintenance and repair expenses to continue using the facility.
“We are going to have to fix this pool up (if the grant is not approved). We can’t just let it go,” Dunford told Mattos Newspapers. “The maintenance we did this year will hold us a couple of years, but we can’t keep doing this. We are going to have to put some substantial money into this pool.”
Visit the Gustine Recreation Facebook page or City of Gustine website for information about aquatic programs.