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Updated February 25, 2013
The City of Long Beach has announced that the Indoor Pool at Belmont Plaza must be permanently shuttered to ensure the safety of the community. The City's Building Official and the City Engineer have determined the Belmont Pool Natatorium, in its current condition, is a substandard building that is seismically and structurally unsafe.
After considerable discussion and public input dating back to 2008, City staff has recommended to the City Council a new permanent facility that balances both recreational and competitive swimming needs. The proposed facility would include a Natatorium in the approximate location of the existing Belmont Pool, and a new outdoor pool immediately north of the existing facility. The preliminary cost estimate is $54 to $62 million, depending on added features, and construction will take approximately two to three years to complete.
On February 12, City Council approved the proposed project and the construction of a temporary outdoor pool in the adjacent parking lot that will provide swimming facilities while a permanent facility is constructed.
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