Concord To Consider Plan To Keep Cowell Pool Open All Winter

October 27, 2020 10:00 am · 16 comments

The Concord City Council is set to consider a plan to keep Concord Community Pool (Cowell Pool) open all winter, after budget cuts had threatened to close it for November, December and January.

The plan to keep the pool open during those three months involves a money commitment from the Concord-based Terrapins Swim Team. If the pool were to remain open, the City of Concord would collect the $10,905 and the
Terrapins Swim Team would sign an amendment to their existing agreement with the city to pay an additional $19,095 for pool use over the three winter months.

The City Council in June made a series of budget cuts totaling about $10 million in response to budget problems brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the cuts was to close the Concord Community Pool for three months during the winter, when it’s most expensive to operate the pool and when it gets the least public use.

Tonight’s Concord City Council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. It’s on Zoom, and it can be accessed at this link.

Silva October 27, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Oh. please please please please please!!!

Calvette October 27, 2020 at 11:18 AM

You may see a lot more service cuts in the future. If you want services you have to pay for them. That is why I’m voting yes on Measure V.

RTC October 27, 2020 at 11:34 AM

Services yes. Obscene pension and health care benefits NO.

Led October 27, 2020 at 7:07 PM

If you want services in CA you have to pay for them, and then pay more every year as the quality of service goes down anyway.

Exit 12A October 27, 2020 at 11:36 AM

Imagine how much natural gas, a climate-changing fossil fuel, is required to heat that swimming pool during winter!!

Don’t you all care about the environment? I mean, Governor Newsom and President Biden have each said that climate change is the #1 priority.

bdml October 27, 2020 at 11:58 AM

They use solar so your point is meaningless

calvette October 27, 2020 at 12:09 PM

@Exit 12A
Good point, but it takes money to go Green. It’s a catch 22 issue.

caskydiver October 27, 2020 at 12:29 PM

..and solar panels, cabling, batteries, etc. all require significant amounts of toxic chemicals and energy to manufacture.

Former Californian October 27, 2020 at 12:43 PM

I highly doubt solar can heat a pool of that size by itself in the winter months so while you may think his point is “meaningless” actually it is valid

bdml October 27, 2020 at 1:01 PM

Actually his point is not valid but feel as you will…

Kirkwood October 27, 2020 at 2:07 PM

Swim clubs require pools to be heated to a higher temperature than is normally done for recreational swimming.

Drew Nelson October 27, 2020 at 5:31 PM

@Kirkwood, swim clubs require 78 at min, though 82 is a better temp for kids. Rec. Swim kids can deal with 78 if they are having fun and sun is out. Rec swim typically goes away once it is no longer warm. Winter is lap/swim team time

Me October 27, 2020 at 6:21 PM

The pool signups are full daily. They could stay open longer to offset the fixed heating costs. They could raise the daily rates.
The pool is the only exercise option for many disabled citizens, so closing is very detrimental to their physical and mental well being.

bdml October 28, 2020 at 7:57 AM

Outstanding point as our society does very little for this segment except discard them.

anonamel October 28, 2020 at 12:20 AM

city of concord owes me money for prepaid swim lessons my kids never got.

bdml October 28, 2020 at 7:58 AM

You could exercise your freedom of speech and march down the middle of the road…

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