The Traner public pool reopened Monday, June 11, just in time for the last day of the Washoe County School District’s school year. The pool was forced to close down in March 2017 after it was vandalized.
Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado explained at the re-opening there had been times that permanently closing the pool was discussed as a serious option; raising the funds to restore the facility was so likely to be unsuccessful, he said. Delgado also talked about how much a public pool meant to his family and to families in the area.
After a $1.2 million renovation, the pool is looking better than ever. In addition to the damages from vandalism, the pool also had a great deal of maintenance issues that became apparent, increasing the total restoration bill. In addition to an insurance payment, a number of community grants and donations funded the project.
The pool now also sports a water feature for younger children who may not be ready for swimming but can now enjoy their day at the pool just as much as those in the pool.
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