by Jessica Payne (This article is also posted on www.gazettes.com)
The truth is, unless you live by the Belmont Pier, have an interest in an aquatic sport that will use the new pool, or have an interest in other shoreline projects on hold until the pool is done — you really don’t care.
Yes, this project is incredibly expensive, but that fact will be barely a blip on the political landscape when you confirm that the Tidelands funds being used for the pool come from oil companies and not tax dollars. Since these funds can’t be used in your neighborhood — Who Cares?
Here’s why we should care.
If built in one of several cost-cutting configurations being considered, life will be status quo. You might even wander down by the beach one day to take a look once it is finished. But for approximately 4% more, it can be built to NCAA and International swimming and diving competition standards. This project now has an economic impact that reaches throughout the city, ow?
While 62% to 78% of the time, this pool will be a beautiful recreational facility, in the remaining 22% to 38% it can be used for top-level competition that brings tourist dollars to the city. These tourists will spend money in Long Beach without the city spending any money on advertising. Read More »Top-Notch Pool Helps Economy
By Jessica Pollack
Will the City of Long Beach take advantage of a ONCE IN A GENERATION opportunity?
When completed in 1968, the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool was the premier aquatics facility in the country and a jewel for the City of Long Beach. Now that the pool has been condemned and is to be rebuilt, the City has a one-time opportunity to once again showcase our beautiful city to the rest of the world.
It is time now for the City of Long Beach to come through with its promise to provide a new world class, state-of-the-art aquatics facility, including a deep water diving pool, to replace the condemned Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, as the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved on February 12, 2013.
In its 45 years of active use from August 1968 through January 2013, the original Belmont pool lauded the finest athletes and coaches in aquatics. The most decorated Long Beach Olympian is a diver. Some have won two Olympic medals and Misty May Treanor has won three, but only one Long Beach aquatics athlete has won four Olympic Gold Medals – Pat McCormick with 4 Olympic Gold Medals in Diving. In addition, several of our local diving, swimming and water polo coaches served multiple times as Olympic coaches.