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Belmont Pool Closed, Found Seismically Unsafe

The City of Long Beach announces "due to an abundance of caution" that a draft analysis concluded that it's "unsafe in the event of a moderate earthquake."

The Belmont Pool was closed Thursday after a structural assessment preliminarily found that the building and facility would not be safe in a moderate earthquake, the City of Long Beach announced.

The popular pool, used six days a week by lap swimmers, swim students, swim and dive teams, will be closed "in an abundance of caution" for the safety of staff and patrons for "approximately three weeks," the announcement states.

The closure impacts only the indoor pool, the alert from the Long Beach City Manager's office states. While the long-term outcome of the engineering analysis is unclear. Nor was it immediately clear whether the current engineering assessment is related to the rehabilitation project in 2012 that shut the pool to the public.

Each year, the heavily used indoor pools are closed for a few weeks in September for annual maintenance. But following a longer September resurfacing closure in 2011, the building was reopened only to be reclosed in mid-December; it remained under repair and renovation until March, 2012. 

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Below is the full press release: 

The Belmont Plaza Pool will be temporarily closed, effective today, 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. 

Ralph in Belmont Hts January 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM
The City 'powers that be' have known about this since the 2009 structural reports were done. This is not new news and it should have been dealt with years ago. Want to bet it wont be open in 3 weeks? What a joke.
Nancy Wride January 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Does the city still wish to have a redeveloped pool to 'monetize' the pool plaza? I will ask Tom Modica about that. For today, not sure where Beach swim club will be working out from 4 to 6:30 if not the outdoor pool.
John Palmero January 11, 2013 at 05:03 AM
This pool was just closed recently for extensive repairs. Something smells fishy, and it ain't the sea.
Johnny Utah January 11, 2013 at 04:40 PM
That pool is so gross. Let's get our tax money, grants, whatever to help tear down that building, make it outdoors and back to 50m. It has so much potential.
tom curtis January 12, 2013 at 02:11 AM
This current Long Beach Administration really needs to make up their minds when it comes to objective projects. Please we are tired of your not sense projects, no more experiments like the bike path that shrank a major boulevard corridor, just to mention one. Hope this is new retro filling, earth-quake proof requirement does not become another big waste of money project due to the lack of efficiently and quality engineering planning. Oh never mind, they can always get their money back with parking citations revenue!!!

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