UPDATED Emma Hood Swim Center to reopen Tuesday
Updated 7:32 p.m. Monday, November 1
The Emma Hood Swim Center is set to reopen by noon Tuesday, Alameda Unified School District officials said Monday night.
County officials have inspected and certified the pools at Emma Hood, making them legally eligible to reopen, Superintendent Kirsten Vital said in a district-issued press release. District officials didn’t have any additional information on when the Encinal Swim Center would reopen, though they said last week it could take an additional two to three weeks because more work needed to be done.
“We are so proud that so much hard work from so many who came together in such a difficult situation has paid off so well for our students and our community,” Vital was quoted as saying.
Jack Boeger, a swimmer who runs the Aquatics Fan website to promote the local swimming community, said he’s looking forward to Emma Hood reopening tomorrow. And he thanked Harbor Bay Club, Alameda Swimming Pool Association, and Laney College for sharing their water.
“The good thing about this bad situation is how it brought together our aquatics community. We intend to keep our momentum and insure the proper care of our facilities,” Boeger said Monday night. “I never thought I could miss Emma Hood so much and can’t wait to see everyone back in the water tomorrow.”
District officials closed the swim centers on October 15 when they learned from the city officials who have maintained them that they were out of compliance with state and federal laws requiring pool drains to have covers – and that they could face millions of dollars in fines as a result.
Swimmers young and old crowded a series of public hearings that discussed the pools to express their angry at the sudden closures and the last-minute scrambles they endured to find swimming and water polo practice space as a result. Both city and school district leaders admitted they had communication problems that needed to be ironed out and they also pledged to get the pools reopened as quickly as possible.