Demolition of the old Belmont Pool was complete last December. File Photo.
It was once the crowning glory of water sports technology and design, as well as a beloved local gathering spot for swimmers of all levels.
Now, all that’s left is a blank slate of sand and the public’s imagination.
On Saturday morning, the public and City officials will converge for a meeting to brainstorm the new Belmont Pool’s conceptual design.
The Long Beach City Council and Long Beach City Manager's office has invited all Long Beach residents to a meeting at the Seaport Marina Hotel at 9:00AM to discuss site, facility layout plans and design for a new pool set to be built at the old pool site.
“The Council will soon be prioritizing which capital projects receive funding,” said Rachael Tanner, an assistant manager for the City of Long Beach. She emphasized the meeting is meant to serve as a way of gaining public feedback on the project.
Long Beach residents bid adieu to the Belmont Pool when demolition crews tore down what was left of it last December, due to earthquake safety concerns. In October 2014, the City Council gave the City Manager the green light to finalize the plan for a new pool designed to take the 1960s landmark’s place.
The estimated price? About $103.1 million.
Tanner said the Council hopes to incorporate public input into the pool design. If individuals are unable to attend, a survey and information from the meeting will be posted online.
“At this point, we’re at a very conceptual level,” she said, noting the City is solely focused on public outreach at this stage.
Tanner said the next step in the process of building a new pool will involve an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). It is unknown when the EIR will begin.
Floor plans to be discussed Saturday at the conceptual design meeting.
A concept approved in October for the new Belmont Pool site.
The Belmont Pool Conceptual Design Meeting will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:00AM at the Seaport Marina Hotel in the Empire Room.