PITTSBURG -- Everyone in the pool.

That looks to be the outcome of what improvements are in store for the long-neglected Ambrose Park.

"We've heard you loud and clear -- the pool needs to be reopened," Steve Hoagland, chairman of the park district's board of directors, said at the third of four public workshops Thursday on how best to spend available funds on improvements to Ambrose Park. An earlier plan to build a children's pool fell through last year because bids were too high.

But while there appears to be a plan for the pool, residents also pitched ideas for other unfunded improvements such as tennis courts, a multiuse field, a performance space, basketball hoops, bocce courts, hiking trails, a dog park and a barbecue area.

Ambrose Park is in Pittsburg near the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station, but the 12-acre property is owned and maintained by the Ambrose Recreation and Park District.

The old lap pool, which was closed in 2009 for safety reasons, will be repaired and reopened under a plan announced by the park district, something that many residents have been supporting for years.

Board members had originally supported a children's pool on the basis that it would have lower maintenance costs than a traditional lap pool. But that plan was sunk when the lowest construction bid came in $700,000 higher than available funding, opening the door for the old pool to be back in the picture.

"For the community, I believe a big pool is a lot better, because that's what Bay Point is known for," said Victor Ramirez, who like many locals swam in the pool as children.

"Any plan without a pool-sized swimming pool is unacceptable," said Jeff Minnick Jr. "The kids are sneaking into apartment complexes to swim. We definitely need a swimming pool."

The next step toward making that happen is for the board to make a formal request at its Aug. 8 meeting to authorize interim general manager John De Lorenzo to take the initial steps needed so that the existing pool and buildings can be repaired and opened with available funds. A progress report on where things stand will then be made at the fourth and final public workshop to be held Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point.

While many details need to be worked out, the plan discussed at Thursday's meeting envisions dividing the 33-yard-long pool with a wall to create a 25-yard deep-water pool for lap swimming, with an 8-yard-long shallow pool to be used by young kids, seniors and for children's swimming lesson.

There is about $1.5 million in funds available that could be used for the pool project. About $1.1 million is expected to come from East Bay Regional Park District's Measure WW, a voter-approved bond measure.

De Lorenzo pointed out that revenues sources such as swimming lessons will have to be developed to help pay for the costs of operating the reopened pool, which in a best-case scenario could be open by next summer. "The pool is not going to pay for itself," he said. But, De Lorenzo said it "is going to generate a source and sense of community pride."

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.