belmont pool overview

This architect's drawing portrays the new Belmont Aquatic Center on the beach.

A half-dome of transparent material covering a full-sized pool, a diving well and more — with another full-sized pool just outside — is the vision for a replacement of the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

That pool was torn down in 2013 after engineers determined it was in danger in the case of an earthquake. A temporary full-sized pool was installed in the parking lot there by the end of the year, and remains in use today.

At the same time, planning began for a new aquatic center. At a public meeting Saturday, the conceptual design for the project — estimated at $103 million — was showed off by architect Michael Rotundi.

Amy Bodeck, director of Development Services, told the crowd the Draft Environmental Impact Review would be released this Thursday, April 14, for a 60-day review period.That draft EIR will be on the city's website, www.lbds.info/planning_environmental, as well as the conceptual design details. The site dedicated to the pool, Belmontpool.com, also will have the design presentation.

Look for a full story here later in the week. 

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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