The edges of the signs posted on the doors and windows have started to curl, but the message is just as clear as it was nearly four years ago: The Verdugo Park pool is closed.
Since 2008, the swimming pool has sat empty. Once a 1984 Olympics training site, dirty water and leaves now accumulate in the pool's deep end.
City officials in 2010 said the pool could be operational by fall 2011. Then in July of that year, Councilman Dave Golonski indicated the pool could be open by summer 2012.
But now even that goal has been pushed back, meaning residents expecting a poolside reprieve from the summer heat will have to look elsewhere.
“I've been waffling back and forth about whether to write another letter to the editor, but wanted to wait until the bids were in and we're actually moving forward before I made another projection,” Golonski said. “I'm hoping that we will have a solid time frame when we award the bid. All the bids are in, they were evaluated and we are ready to award the bid. Once we get to that point, we can say with some degree of certainty [what the timeline will be.]”