It was a welcome sight for Dunsmuir residents to finally see the empty pool filling up with water last weekend. At 400,000-gallon capacity, it took about 15 hours to fill it, Rodriguez said.

Dunsmuir’s Recreation and Parks District Administrator, Mike Rodriguez officially confirmed that the Dunsmuir Pool will have its Grand Re-Opening this Monday, July 8, with free admission that day from 1 to 5 p.m.

It was a welcome sight for Dunsmuir residents to finally see the empty pool filling up with water last weekend. At 400,000-gallon capacity, it took about 15 hours to fill it, Rodriguez said.

He added that they’ll be getting the pool’s pH balance in check over the course of this week, getting it ready to pass inspection by the county.

“Ron LaRue is our CPO (certified pool operator) and he does a fantastic job. The Health Department will be inspecting the pool prior to opening,” Rodriguez said.

The pool is opening a bit late this year because the Recreation and Parks District Rodriguez didn’t have certified lifeguards until the second week of June. They also discovered a crack in the fiberglass lining that needed to be fixed, which Sacramento Advanced Pool Coating “worked very closely with the District to repair” in time to open for the 2019 season, Rodriguez said.

“The current fiberglass lining of the Dunsmuir Pool is over 16 years old,” Rodriguez explained, and 15 years is the average lifespan of a fiberglass lining in a pool this size. He talked about the pool being eligible for a Proposition 68 per capita grant and that the district is awaiting procedure guidelines to replace it next year.

Rodriguez will be writing a grant for both a new pool lining and a new water slide. The old one has been retired due to safety issues with the slide’s surface material.

Originally built in 1940, Dunsmuir’s 75 foot by 150 foot pool is the largest in the county, and is the only public pool in the county with no heating system.

Because of that, Rodriguez said the Dunsmuir Pool is favored as “the most refreshing.”

“This pool is great to come down and get a refreshing dip,” he said.

Pool hours will be Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. There will also be two evening swim sessions each week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Rodriguez explained that the evening swim is an all ages public session.

The pool’s fee structure will remain $1 for children under 18 years old, but there will be a dollar increase in the cost of adult admission, Rodriguez said, to $3.

A book of 12 $1 “Pool Bucks” can be purchased for $10, at either the Pool Office or the Dunsmuir Recreation and Parks District Office next to the pool. The office will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.

Adult lap swim sessions will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 5-6 p.m. with an admission of $3.

Adult water exercise classes will also be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5-6 p.m. starting on July 22. The fee for the adult water exercise class, which will continue through August 16, is $30.

There will be no swim lessons offered this summer because the pool doesn’t have a water safety instructor, although Rodriguez hopes to offer lessons next year.

He also hopes to hold a few special Friday night pool events this summer. He pointed out that the pool will be available for rent for private parties on Sundays.

Season passes for the Dunsmuir Pool are available by request. If interested, call Rodriguez at the District Office.

Rodriguez said he will be engaging the community in discussions in August and September about ideas to continue the future operation of the pool.