Monday, October 30, 2006


Portland’s Parks and Recreation Director Denise Clavette stated earlier this month that the re-plastering of Reiche pool will be addressed in next year's operating budget. The work will include the setting of tiled lane lines, bringing depth markers up to code and repairing ladders. Clavette promised to "include these items in the next fiscal year budget to ensure that these will get done."

The West End Neighborhood Association applied to several foundations last year, seeking $15,000 - $20,000 for the needed work after having the pool professionally assessed. Feedback from some foundations indicated that these were regarded as maintenance issues. WENA members are pleased that the City has agreed to fund the repairs. Participants in the Community Design Workshop recently sponsored by WENA favored renovations that include an expanded aquatics program involving the existing pool.

News of planned repairs is especially welcome to neighborhood swimmers who are confined to a very limited schedule and who often hear rumors that the City would like to close the pool. Reiche pool is open to the public for adult lap swims 10-1/2 hours per week. Except for July and August, there are no open swims for children and families. Reiche offers no children's swim lessons. The pool is not open on weekends.


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