Nevada City might get financial help from federal government for pool renovation project |

Nevada City might get financial help from federal government for pool renovation project

Nevada City might be getting a financial leg up from the federal government for a project to rehabilitate its swimming pool.

The Pioneer Park Pool Resurfacing Project is among 17 California park projects recommended by the state Department of Parks and Recreation to receive part of an $8.8 million federal grant from the National Park Service, officials said.

“It offsets money that would otherwise come from the general fund,” said City Manager Mark Prestwich.

“We will wait for the federal government for final approval,” he added.

Prestwich said the $125,100 grant provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund program will cover approximately half of the $250,000 project to resurface the deteriorating shell of the 81-year-old swimming pool in Nevada City’s Pioneer Park. The restoration process will help the city save approximately 280,000 gallons of water annually, since staff will not have to drain the pool for repairs every spring.

The grant will be distributed if the National Park Service approves the recommended projects. The $125,100 in funding represents the maximum grant award available to the city, officials said.

The pool will remain open this summer. Prestwich previously told The Union that the project would begin after the pool closes for the summer on Sept. 5. The renovation will take about three to four weeks.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund program, first started in 1964 and administered by the director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation, provides funding to cities, counties, eligible districts, and state agencies for the acquisition and development of projects to maintain and create recreational opportunities.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email, or call 530-477-4236.

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