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June 16, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Never mind: Burgess Pool to stay open for the 'time being' Never mind: Burgess Pool to stay open for the 'time being' (June 16, 2004)

Rather than closing on June 13 to make way for construction of a new pool, the old Burgess Pool is remaining open for a longer time.

Originally, Menlo Park city swimming programs were scheduled to move to the city's pool in the Belle Haven neighborhood on June 14, but there have been "mechanical and maintenance issues" with the Belle Haven pool, aquatics program assistant Jeff Dybdal said.

In addition, it seems that the building of three new pools at the Burgess complex will be delayed for at least three months because the lowest construction bid that came in was $5.8 million, about $1.6 million over the estimate, city officials said. Officials plan to make changes in the plan and then go out for new bids.

So the Burgess Pool will remain open with its regular schedule for the time being, Mr. Dybdal said. The City Council has also asked city staff to come back with a report on June 22 about the feasibility of keeping Burgess open longer during the construction delay. Programs had already been rescheduled at Belle Haven and at the Menlo-Atherton High School pool.

Festivities to honor the old Burgess Pool were scheduled to continue as planned on June 11, 12, and 13. The facility was built in 1943 as part of the Army's Dibble General Hospital, and will be replaced with new pools for laps, instruction and children.

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