City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 121614
Creative Innovative Belmont Temporary Pool Receives Project of the Year Award
Rachael Tanner

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Southern California Chapter has presented the City of Long Beach with the Project of the Year Award for the Belmont Temporary Pool. The 50-meter pool was recognized in the Creative and Innovative Category for demonstrating resourcefulness and the use of imagination. 

"This award affirms what the Long Beach community already knows: The pool is a world-class facility that has allowed our residents to stay active and healthy until a permanent replacement pool is built," Mayor Robert Garcia said.  

The Belmont Plaza Pool was found structurally unsafe and permanently closed to the public in February 2013. Plans are underway to replace the permanent structure with a state-of-the-art aquatics facility.  The City Council, however, wanted to provide uninterrupted pool access to the community during the three years required to construct the new facility. 

The temporary pool was designed with materials that can be reused or sold in the future. Other components of the pool were designed for reuse, including pool mechanical equipment, light poles and fixtures, bike rack, and portable restroom and shower trailer.    

“The temporary pool is a great asset to the community now,” Councilwoman Suzie Price said, “and the ability to sell or reuse materials means it will remain an asset in the future. It's another great investment of our Tidelands resources.”

Built in the parking lot adjacent to the Belmont Plaza Pool, the temporary pool is equipped with a moveable bulkhead, and is programmed for a variety of swim events, providing uninterrupted service for thousands each month.  The temporary pool was designed and installed in only 10 months, and opened on December 19, 2013.

The $5.3 million pool was paid for by the Tidelands Fund. The pool was designed by RJM Design Group and constructed by the OK Earl Corporation. The APWA Award Ceremony occurred on Thursday, December 11, 2014, in the City of Lakewood.