An infusion of funding is giving North Portland kids more space to splash.
Peninsula Pool, a public watering hole at 700 N. Rosa Parks Way in the Piedmont neighborhood, re-opened Monday, July 8, with more room — raising the maximum capacity to 296 swimmers from 188.
"Peninsula Pool is a neighborhood treasure," said Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees Portland Parks & Recreation. "The upgrades will allow more users to enjoy the pool this summer."
The renovation and repair work was budgeted at $4,690,000, with $3.8 million contributed by the Parks Replacement Bond approved by voters in 2014. The remainder came from System Development Charges tacked on to new construction.
New additions to the pool include a wall separating the deep end from the enlarged shallow area, which will host more swim lessons and "free play" for young fishies. There is also a new elevator at the nearby Peninsula Community Center, meaning that people with disabilities will be able to access basement-level classrooms and the dance studio.
"Peninsula Pool has a rich history of serving a multicultural community," noted Parks & Rec Director Adena Long. "The expanded pool is a place where even more neighbors, families and friends can gather and make lasting summer memories."
Repeat visitors will also notice new lighting and gutters, as well as behind-the-scenes upgrades to drainage and water circulation, pumps, the boiler and the filtration system.
Mark Ross, a spokesman for Parks & Rec, described the project as reinvigorating the pool "from the soil up."
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