The City of Carlsbad’s Monroe Street Pool is 38 years old and requires maintenance to remain operational and in compliance with current health and building codes. City staff explored three different approaches for the project.
On Jan. 26, 2021, the City Council directed
staff to pursue the third, most extensive, renovation, which was also favored
by most community members who participated in the online survey.
Improvements would include:
50% more lap swim lanes
Expansion of pool for larger swimming and water polo competitions
Larger pool deck with lockers
New exterior deck showers
Renovated locker rooms
Larger parking lot
New entrances including an outdoor option that will no longer require passing through the locker rooms
Meeting/event/birthday party room
Replacement of pool tile, plaster, piping, pool deck, drainage, pumps and filters
New building with mechanical room and family restrooms
Separate mechanical room access for service vehicles to reduce parking lot impacts for users
New 8-foot wall with steel gates along Monroe Street side to reduce sound coming from the pool
Replacement of existing solar system and installation of rooftop solar panels
The City Council directed
staff to put the project on the June 7, 2022, ballot. Voters must first approve
the spending for the improvements under a city law that requires voter approval for certain acquisition
and construction projects over $1 million. If approved by voters, the
improvements could commence within about 18 months after the completion of the formal
design, permitting and bidding processes.
The city gathered input on the three options for the project through an online survey from Aug. 21 - Sept. 30, 2020 to help develop an approach for improving the Monroe Street Pool that will best reflect the community's needs, values and priorities. The public input gathered was provided to the City Council to assist in deciding how ultimately to proceed with this project.