City Council finalizes Pinney Pool grant Wednesday

City Council finalizes Pinney Pool grant WednesdayBY BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Since the Sgt. John Pinney Memorial Pool was forced to close in 2017, the Ridgecrest City Council has been investigating financially viable options to restore or replace the pool.

The council heard it’s final report on the State Park Program grant to rebuild the community pool. Parks & Recreation Analyst Nerissa Wegener gave an update on the proposed layout Wednesday, and the grant must be submitted by March 14.

While the city has yet to determine a revenue stream to cover the expected $250,000 in annual costs, the state grant would cover the expected $7.8 million to build the pool.

The proposed site is the former Pinney Pool location on South Warner Street just west of Freedom Park. The complex includes an 8-lane competition pool, a recreation pool with kiddie pool, security cameras, locker room, a multi-purpose building, snack bar and multiple shade structures.

The city completed a survey for potential décor and members of the community voted for a patriotic-themed wall mural.

A primary concern by councilmembers and community was whether or not there would be enough shade. An indoor pool was considered early on in the process, but an outdoor option was more feasible.

Councilmember Scott Hayman suggested that the construction plans include the possibility of more robust shading structures in the future.

For future developments, visit the city website ridgecrest-ca.gov or see City of Ridgecrest Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook.

Story First Published: 2021-03-05