It was a mix of frustration and bated breath among residents who attended a public meeting Monday on the progress of revamping the long-closed pool at Verdugo Park.
The meeting — called for by the City Council after fielding complaints from residents who were frustrated by delays in reopening the community pool, which has been closed since 2008 — was meant to catch people up on city plans to move forward with the project.
The council recently signed a nearly $5.2-million construction contract with Novus Construction to revamp the pool. The total budget for the project, roughly $7.3 million, will pay for a new 50-meter pool and a second pool with water slides and locker rooms, all slated to be completed by April.
One of the residents at the meeting was Kelly Roche, whose 14-year-old daughter wants to be a lifeguard and swim instructor.
She came to see “if in fact it's moving forward and what the hold-up has been,” she said.