There was an incorrect spelling for Pleasanton's public swim center. It is the Bengtson Aquatic Center.
PLEASANTON -- The Bengtson Aquatic Center, the city's most popular swimming facility, is getting a $3.6 million renovation that will close three of its four pools for extended periods -- starting after Labor Day.
Crews are expected to take about a year to finish the work on plaster, decking, plumbing and heating equipment at the aging pools.
Least effected will be the Olympic-size 50-meter pool. It will stay open for competitive and recreational swimming except for a two-week closure to be determined during a season of relatively low use, city officials said.
The other pools -- including a popular 25-meter pool -- will be closed during most of the yearlong construction, officials said.
"It's hard to close a very popular venue like this, but we have to repair problems related to the age of the pools and have them meet all codes," said Julie Yuan-Miu, Pleasanton assistant general manager.
City recreation managers will work with other swim facilities in the area to line up alternative locations for swimming lessons and other activities normally held in the closed pools. Some but not all activities can be transferred to the 50-meter pool.
Crews will deepen and replaster the 25-meter pool, and install a new heating and filtration system in
City spokeswoman Joanne Hall said Pleasanton will issue public notifications as the dates of the pool closures approach.
An exact schedule isn't known yet. City officials are preparing documents to bid the project later this year.
The Bengston Aquatic Center is located within the Amador Valley Community Park complex on Black Avenue.
The swim center is one of the most heavily used sports facilities in Pleasanton. In 2010, more than 3,500 people took swimming classes there and another 117 took Red Cross classes to be certified as lifeguards or swimming instructors.