DISCOVERY BAY -- This town's recently acquired community center is officially in transition mode.

As the Discovery Bay Community Services District weighs its options for the hub's recently closed main building, it plans to open the community swimming pool at the center to the public later this month.

"I know I'm excited about it," board trustee Chris Steele said of the pool. "We're looking forward to adding a feature that allows families to come out, socialize and cool off."

Steele envisions hundreds using the pool on hot summer weekends and seniors holding water aerobic classes on weekday mornings.

Renovation over the past month on the 30-year-old pool has included replacing the filters, pumps and water heaters with commercial-grade material. It was drained, cleaned and filled with water over the past two weeks, General Manager Rick Howard said.

The pool was previously owned and operated by the private Discovery Bay Athletic Club but became district property when it purchased the 7.2-acre site in February.

Discovery Bay put $49,000 from Zone 8, a lighting and landscaping district, into the repairs in April.

Before getting the go-ahead to open, the fences around the 110,000-gallon pool have to be extended to 5 feet high, he said. That work is scheduled to start this week.


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The district had hoped to open the pool by Memorial Day but ran into permitting issues with Contra Costa building officials, as the work was considered a remodel, not routine maintenance.

The public will be charged $3 for daily use. Despite the July 1 closure to the main building, there will be access to its restrooms and showers.

The district spent $60,000 to keep the former athletic club building operational in its prior capacity until June 30 while evaluating its options.

The board decided to get out of the fitness arena, prompted by dwindling patrons and the opening of a private athletic club across the street.

"Things always seem to be changing. It's been a moving target," board Vice President Kevin Graves said.

Discovery Bay set aside $552,500 to renovate the well-worn building and reopen it next spring.

However, in recent weeks, discussions among district leaders and a community center committee have shifted toward considering whether to fix up the building or build a new one.

"We want to make sure we're getting the best bang for our buck and have the best configuration to fulfill (the community's) needs," Graves said.

The committee will receive more detailed information on cost estimates, type of building materials and design ideas at its meetings in coming months.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.