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Encinal Swim Center to reopen Friday

Submitted by on 1, January 27, 2011 – 12:20 pm2 Comments

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The Encinal Swim Center is set to reopen Friday after a three-month hiatus.

School district officials hastily closed the district-owned but city-managed Encinal and Emma Hood swim centers on October 15 after learning they didn’t comply with state and federal laws requiring the pools’ drains to be covered. Emma Hood reopened on November 1, but county inspectors said more work needed to be done before Encinal could do the same.

The district’s maintenance, operations and facilities chief, Robbie Lyng, said the work to reopen the pools cost $20,000.

County inspectors said they want the district to come up with a long-range plan to bring the pools up to code or shut them down. Lyng said the district should have a report outlining fixes the pools need and the cost to make them sometime in the next few weeks.

He said the school district and the city will set up a committee made up of community members to work out what fixes should be made to the pools and to help city and school district leaders figure out how to pay for those.

The swim center closures infuriated local swimmers, who were forced to find other venues to practice their sport with no notice.


  • Jon Spangler says:


    I’m glad that none of the plumbing projects at our house ever took three months to fix, but public pools are more complicated than home plumbing…. :-)

  • Bob Ploss says:

    The good news is both pools are now open for high school swim season! The bad news is the current situation is temporary.

    The pump intake manifold was replaced at Encinal last week, but two years after notices were issued by Alameda County Environmental Health Dept. Emma Hood is now open with a new heater, but pool drain issues were the result of an administrative breakdown. Pool drains at both facilities were replaced earlier, but not coordinated with ACEH. The current shared responsibility between AUSD/ARPD has a long history of failure.

    AUSD owns both facilities, yet does not have the financial resources to provide an updated modern aquatic complex. ARPD provides staff to maintain the pools, but not to make major improvements, as required by updated codes.

    AUSD consultant, Aquatic Design Group, is due to issue a report of code compliance issues at both pools. ACEH has asked for clarification of long-term intentions to operate both pools from either responsible agency. We understand long-term facility planning will come from future community meetings related to this report.

    Hold your breath swimmers!

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